Posted on 3/10/2019 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
One thing that we will tell you if you are having oral surgery is that you need to get plenty of rest immediately following the surgery. That is sometimes easier said than done. Here are some recommendations for sleeping after your oral surgery.
Incline One thing that is very important after oral surgery is that you sleep at an incline. Ideally, your head should be at an angle of at least 45 degrees from your heart. This can often be obtained by adding another pillow. If you are in bed and you can feel throbbing in your jaw, there is a good chance that you are not sleeping at the correct incline.
One of the hardest things to do after oral surgery is to find the right sleep position. We recommend that you sleep on your back for a couple of nights. You do not want to roll onto the side that you had the surgery on and risk lying on the sore part of your mouth.
Medications You will of course need to follow the directions for any medicines that we prescribed for you. Before you get into bed, make sure that you have followed the directions on all of your prescriptions, especially an antibiotic. You must take the full course of the antibiotic, so double check before you go to bed.
Do not take any medicine for sleeping after oral surgery, unless you have talked to us about it first. This includes any herbal remedies.
Sleep is important after a surgery, and sleep position is as well. If you have any questions about sleep or anything else that has to do with aftercare, please ask us. Remember that your recovery will not take too long, and that you will be able to sleep in your favorite position once again before you know it.