Re: What Causes Choking on Saliva
I had a bad bout of choking in my sleep. Went to a speech therapist. He conducted some tests (eating, drinking etc). He indicated that there are 2 reasons for choking. The first is related to reflux coming up the pipe. So, to correct this, you need to get your digestive problems under control. This was not the problem for me. It turns out, the other issue is lots of mucous and saliva. As you swallow, this can cause the choking. So, he indicated that he wanted me to drink lots of water - especially right before bed. He also had me get a new pillow - mine was about 1/2 inch thick - he suggested using 2 pillows. Instead, I splurged and got a pillow designed for side sleepers - this way I wouldn't sleep on my back.
What a difference. The water diluted the mucous and the pillow kept me from sleeping on my back which is when I usually choked.
Remember if you are choking - look up. It opens the airway and allows the air to get down. Don't panic - at first I thought I was going to choke to death. After about 10 episodes, I learned how to relax.