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How Do I Sleep After Oral Surgery?

If you’re about to undergo oral surgery, it’s crucial to maximize your sleep after the procedure. Although you may receive sedation, you should develop a postoperative plan for rest. As with any procedure, trying to sleep can be challenging, and you shouldn’t assume your routine will go back to normal the next day.

Understand why it’s essential to get the best sleep possible after oral surgery.

The Importance of a Good Night’s Rest

After an oral procedure, you’re likely to experience pain and swelling in your face and neck. Additionally, you may experience bruising and a sore throat, leading to disrupted sleep. You must stick to postoperative care if you want to heal quickly, which involves getting proper sleep. 

Here are some tips we urge you to follow so that you can sleep soundly after your surgery.

Head Elevation Will Help You Heal

You should sleep with your head elevated above your heart the first three days after your oral surgery. If your oral surgeons left gauze pads inside your mouth to help reduce bleeding, you might need to set your alarm every two hours at night. Although you probably don’t want your sleep disrupted, waking up to readjust your gauze pad is crucial to prevent choking on it. Alternatively, you can ask someone to check up on you while you rest. 

Take Your Medicine

Managing your pain is as important as getting rest after surgery. Although sleeping will help with your aches, you should also follow your prescribed medication instructions. Additionally, you may want to take over-the-counter medicines to help reduce swelling, but you will have to consult with your oral surgeon first. 

Before you go to sleep, we recommend you press a cold pack against your jaw while you lie down; this will help your mouth relax. Try your best not to fall asleep in this position, as accidentally leaving a cold pack on your jaw for a few hours can do more harm than good. 

Avoid Physical Activity

While exercising is essential for your physical and mental health, your oral surgeon will tell you to take a break from your routine for at least eight weeks. If you resume your workout routine after your procedure, you may experience increased bleeding and pain; this will slow your healing process. 

Furthermore, exerting yourself can result in dry socket; this is when your blood clot dislodges and exposes nerves and bones to food particles and bacteria, leading to infection. For this reason, you should stay in bed and get as much sleep as possible for a week. Afterward, you can begin to do light stretches. However, if you start to feel pain again or involuntarily clench your jaw, you will have to stay in bed. 

Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah Can Help

If you continue to experience pain and swelling one week after oral surgery, you will need to visit an oral surgeon to prevent other problems. The board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah can help you find relief, and we’re more than happy to answer your questions. Schedule your free consultation today.


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