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Reasons to Sleep Propped-Up After Oral Surgery

Posted on 12/13/2017 by Scott Redlinger
Oral Surgery Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center NV 89511
Sleeping after having an oral surgery can be quite uncomfortable and finding the right position can even make the predicament harder.

While this is a common problem for those who just went through a dental correction, not everyone knows that sleeping propped up can help get a good night's rest without tossing and turning because of tooth pain. Having an oral surgery can be exhausting, especially when you have to open your mouth the duration of the process.

An Elevated Position Limits Swelling and Prevents Further Bleeding

Because your head is slightly higher than your extremities, blood circulation is sluggish, giving your gums time to recuperate and cope with the impact of the surgery. This way, bleeding is impeded, and you will find time to sleep soundly rather than lying in bed where your body is directly aligned.

It is also important to take it easy after your surgery and during the first days because the fresh wounds can start bleeding. Keeping your head propped when taking a rest would limit excess swelling of the gums because of blood flow.

Sleeping Propped-Up Counters Gravitational Forces

The throbbing pain after dental surgery would make your nights feel restless. But countering the gravitational pull will help you sleep better and more comfortable because blood going through your gums is slightly lagging.

Additionally, a propped-up position helps in the proper draining of blood, which can seep through the gauze in your mouth. Jaw and cheek swelling will also go down faster as your mouth area is able to rest better without suffering from spasms and ache.

Your father's reclining chair can help you get into the position and dentists usually advise to stay propped up when sleeping on a sofa by putting a stack of pillows behind your head for at least 72 hours. Recovering from dental surgery is quite easy and pain-free if you learn about effective ways to recover properly.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (775) 430-5355 today.

Scott M. Redlinger, DMD, MD

(775) 430-5355