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How to Sleep Following a Tooth Extraction


Posted on 6/25/2017 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
An elderly woman receiving a tooth extraction.
If you recently had a tooth extracted, or about to have one taken out, it is important you know how to rest properly to enhance your recovery. If you rest the wrong way, it can actually delay your recovery efforts.

For example, if you lie on your back, it could cause more problems that may delay how quickly your mouth is able to heal. Here are a few tips on proper care following a tooth extraction.

Sleeping Must Be Done Elevated

Following any type of oral surgery, including a tooth extraction, you should sleep elevated for the first 2-3 nights. This allows your body to drain more of the fluid away from the extraction site.

If you were to lie flat on your back, the amount of swelling is much more likely to increase. This can make your pain go from tolerable to intolerable, and it can also restart your bleeding after the procedure.

Instead, you should prop a few pillows behind your back to properly support you, and then sleep. Just make sure you are on a surface you won't slide off of, like a slippery leather couch.

Other Tips to Improve Your Recovery

On top of sleeping right, make sure you are also caring for yourself properly. Do not use a straw until healing is completed, and the same goes with smoking.

Both can cause your clot to come out, and leave you in a lot of pain. You should also care for your mouth precisely how you were instructed. Brush gently and rinse regularly with salt water. This speeds up healing.

For any extra information on how to properly recover after a tooth extraction, contact our office while you are there for the extraction. They can provide you with a lot of tips and tricks to make your recovery as swift and pain-free as possible.

The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have twice daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields
MEET THE MADISON ORAL SURGERY & DENTAL IMPLANT TEAM AND SEE OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

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Madison, WI 53713




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