After going through oral surgery, it’s vital that you do everything that you can to aid in your recovery. You’ll experience some discomfort for a week or so after going through the procedure, and you determine how quickly or slowly that pain is going to go away by how you act afterwards.

This means avoiding things like sports and major activities that increase blood flow, but it also means sleeping carefully over the first week or so after surgery.

Most patients don’t consider that they’ll have to change around something as fundamental as sleeping, but it’s necessary for a speedy and healthy recovery.


It’s important that you sleep with your head elevated after oral surgery for many days. This is because doing so helps to prevent excess swelling and inflammation. It also helps you avoid excessive bleeding, which is an issue that you’ll experience after something like a tooth extraction or an implant.
If you make the mistake of lowering your head flat while sleeping after surgery, your head will puff up, you’ll bleed more heavily and you’ll be uncomfortable altogether.


Now that you know why you should be sleeping in an elevated position, you’re probably wondering how long you’ll have to deal with that. The real answer is that it depends on the patient. Some patients will feel better and stop swelling in just a few days to a week.
Others will take as long as two weeks after the procedure. Of course, it depends on the severity of the procedure, but it also depends on how careful you are to follow post-surgical guidelines to aid in your recovery.

As soon as your swelling subsides and your surgical sites feel better, you are usually safe to start sleeping flat once again. Once you feel ready to sleep flat, give it a try for a few hours and check for signs of swelling or inflammation. If they’re coming back raise your head up again, if not you are probably safe to sleep flat once again.

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