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How Do You Sleep After Maxillofacial Surgery?

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Woman in dental chairat Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Virginia Beach, VAAfter oral surgery, you should maximize your quality sleep to facilitate healing and return to your routine faster. If you leave the hospital the same day after the surgery, you are probably tired from the anesthesia effects and want to sleep. However, sleeping can be uncomfortable at this point, so we are here to help you with tips to ensure you get a good night of sleep.

Elevate Your Head

The first three days after the surgery, you will sleep with your head elevated above your heart. This position aids in draining fluids from the surgery area, reducing swelling and new bleeding. After three days, you can maintain a 45-degree inclination. If you have gauze pads in your mouth, remove them or set an alarm to adjust them to prevent choking hazards or ask someone to check on you.

Sleep on Your Back

Sleeping on your back is vital after tooth extraction, as it keeps your gauze pads in place while preventing excessive bleeding at the surgery site. However, if you have challenges with this position, contact your dental surgeon for alternatives.

Utilize More Pillows

Using more pillows after surgery ensures maximum support, especially if sleeping on your back is challenging. You can sleep on your side with a proper pillow and prevent your protective materials from shifting. You can also place extra pillows under your knees to relieve lower back pressure.

Create an Ideal Sleeping Environment

The ambiance of your bedroom can impact your sleep quality and alleviate the discomfort following a maxillofacial surgery. Ensure your room is dark enough, and if you love music, put on some soothing background music to take your focus off the surgery discomfort.

Listen To Your Dental Surgeon

Maxillofacial surgery recovery requires adherence to the instructions of your surgeon. Adherence to instructions will reduce swelling and bleeding and increase your healing, enabling you to go back to sleeping well. For more inquiries on post-surgery care, schedule an appointment with us today.

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