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How You Sleep Matters With Oral Injury Recovery


Posted on 5/20/2017 by Dr. Pickens
A woman sleeping after an oral surgery.
Just like when you have oral surgery, you have to be careful when recovering from an oral injury, too. You need to make sure to keep the area clean, and protect it from any type of further injury.

How you relax and sleep is also going to make a difference in how you heal following an oral injury. Here are a few tips on how to best recover after an oral injury.

Make Sure to Sleep Propped Up

One of the biggest issues that you are going to have to face after an oral injury is managing your swelling. This is what is going to cause the most trouble in terms of displacing anything in your mouth, and in terms of pain. The more you can manage your swelling, the better you are going to feel, and the better you are going to heal.

When it comes time to rest or sleep, you need to sleep propped up. This can either be by lying down on the couch with a few extra pillows behind you, or it can be lying in bed with extra pillows beneath your head.

The point is that you should be sleeping at about a 45 degree angle for the first 2-3 days following your oral injury. After this point, your swelling will begin to recede on its own, and you should be able to sleep normally.

Oral injuries can be unexpected, but they can also be managed to help them heal the right way. Following any type of an oral injury, you need to make sure your dentist has checked the area out to ensure that it will heal right.

If any extra treatment needs to occur, they will tell you when you go in and see them. Then, just make sure you do what you can to heal following their instructions.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.
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