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Positions to Sleep in Following Oral Surgery
Posted on 10/25/2019 by Ankur Johri
Our dental office prides in keeping our patients educated on how to prepare for and what to expect pre and post oral surgery. There are times, when you may have questions prior to getting the surgery, that is going to help you determine when and how you get it done.
One of the common questions we get asked about oral surgery is how to not only eat afterwards, but how to sleep and actually get some rest. In this article we will talk about the best position to sleep in following oral surgery.
How Do I Sleep After Oral Surgery?
We recommend that you rest and sleep with your head at a slight incline or slightly elevated. You can choose to lie on your back and use pillows to prop you up, or rest in your favorite recliner chair. Whatever you choose to do, it is imperative that you know that after oral surgery, there is going to be a bit of pain and swelling and in order to keep the swelling and bleeding down, your head needs to be slightly higher than the level of your heart.
Bleeding from the wound is normal and is not reason for panic. It will typically bleed for 2 days post-surgery so it is recommended that you sleep on an incline and put ice packs on the affected area for 20 minute periods of time and then take it off. This will minimize the swelling and provide you a bit of numbness to the pain.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep and rest so that you can heal properly. Do not try to jump right back into previous activities pre surgery, as they may cause significant bleeding and pain in the area that was treated. Follow our tips above and contact our office for a consultation so we can professionally discuss recommended treatment and post-surgery options.