If you have questions about how to sleep after wisdom teeth removal, we first want to clarify the following; removing a tooth is a surgical procedure carried out under local anesthesia that requires enough rest time for a proper recovery. Due to the required rest time, some people sleep extra hours the following days after surgery. While this can help with the healing process, it can also be difficult at first. That is why many people have difficulty sleeping during the first days after a wisdom tooth removal, since lying on the side of the removed wisdom tooth (or teeth) produces pain and discomfort that can even persist while taking prescription painkillers. Here are a few tips to help you get a good night sleep, while taking care of the healing process.
After your wisdom teeth removal, a series of preventive care measures should be followed to avoid problems during the recovery process. These measures are followed to avoid infections, poor healing, and to promote the fastest possible recovery. The guidelines to follow are the next ones:
- Bite down on the surgical gauze until the dentist tells you to. Once the surgical process is over, the dentist will leave you with a surgical gauze with instructions to bite into it during the first 2 hours. It is important that you follow this guideline as this will stop the initial bleeding.
- Maintain a soft food diet. After the wisdom teeth are removed, a soft food diet is sought to avoid disruptions in the healing process. In this blog we talk about foods that you can eat under this type of diet.
- Do not perform demanding physical activities. You should postpone any physical activity that may cause re-bleeding from the extraction area. This includes exercise and any heavy manual labor.
- Avoid smoking. Tobacco is an irritant to the affected area. Also, the suction of a cigarette butt can cause new bleeding from the surgical area.
How to Sleep After Wisdom Teeth Removal
After the general care guidelines mentioned above, we will now talk about sleeping after the wisdom teeth extraction. Since it is a surgical process, special care must be taken when sleeping. Not sleeping properly can cause bleeding to restart and lead to serious infections.
- Sleep on your back. Many times, we have teeth removed on our preferred side to sleep on. However, sleeping on the side of the extraction area can cause accidental bleeding, pain, and injuries from the pressure of your own body weight.
- Take medications as prescribed by your doctor. Some patients stop taking prescription drugs since they do no longer feel discomfort after the first few days, however, medications should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. This helps to avoid infections and general complications that can interrupt your sleep.
- Listen to relaxing music. Listening to soothing and relaxing music can help you to distract from pain and make you fall asleep more easily.
If you feel that your healing process is not following a correct path, you can contact us at Somos Dental & Orthodontics. You can call 623-232-0089 for an emergency appointment in the Phoenix Metro area. Also, if you are looking for a dental clinic for wisdom teeth extraction or any other dental treatment, you can still contact us through Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp text message, or by calling us to the same telephone number. You can also fill out our online form, which includes a free diagnostic appointment. In Somos Dental you can find us in one of our five locations: Downtown, Desert Sky, Camelback and Laveen.