If you are preparing to have surgery for your periodontal disease, whether it is tissue grafting or reconstructive surgery, there are some things you need to be aware of once you are home and healing. Sleeping following oral surgery can be very uncomfortable and we are here to help you find the most comfortable and beneficial way to rest and heal.
Discomfort and pain are some of the things that you can expect for the first few days after oral surgery, and we want to help you find some relief from that when you are sleeping. The best way for you to get rest is to elevate your head. This can be accomplished by sleeping in a reclining chair or simply stacking a few pillows at the head of your bed and elevating your head.
By keeping your head slightly higher than the rest of your body, this will slow down the blood circulation which will not only help reduce the swelling and bleeding in your mouth, it will give your gums time to heal adequately.
Additionally, there can be some throbbing pain associated with recovery from dental surgery. Keeping yourself in an elevated position enlists the help of gravity to counter that pain. Because the blood has to pump harder to get to the elevated places of your body, it slows down, thus relieving the throbbing sensation.
Remember that once you are at home, you need to take it easy when you are awake as well. Avoid wearing yourself out or doing too much so that you can avoid complications from a mouth that is not healing adequately. Your body requires rest to heal, so kick back in that recliner, get comfortable and let your body heal.
If you have any questions or concerns following your treatment for gum disease, please call us right away.