How to Sleep After Molar Extraction

If you have recently undergone a molar extraction, you may be experiencing discomfort and difficulty sleeping. It is important to get adequate rest after any surgical procedure, but how can you achieve this when your mouth is sore? In this blog post, we will provide tips on how to sleep comfortably after a molar extraction.

1. Manage pain before bedtime

One of the most important things to do before trying to sleep after a molar extraction is managing your pain. Your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe medication for pain relief, which should be taken as directed. You should also use ice packs on your cheek near the extraction site for 20 minutes at a time every hour until bedtime.

a) Over-the-counter medications

Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be effective in reducing mild-to-moderate levels of discomfort. However, always consult with your dentist or physician before taking any new medication.

b) Prescription medications

If the tooth extraction was more complicated than usual or if there are issues associated with healing that cause severe pain and discomforts; prescription-strength medication might become necessary prescribed by dentists/Physicians only.

2. Prop up your head with pillows while sleeping

After an oral surgery like a molar extraction it’s recommended that patients elevate their head; hence keeping it higher than the heart level as they sleep during recovery periods especially those first few days when swelling and bleeding occur frequently throughout day and night following Procedure

Using multiple pillows under your head can help reduce swelling in the area around where teeth were removed and keep blood from pooling in that area overnight – which could make it more likely for problems like bleeding/hemorrhage)

3. Avoid eating too close to bed-time

It’s best not eat anything within two hours of bedtime in the first few days, especially after a molar extraction. This is because any food consumed during that time can cause complications like bleeding and dry socket, which can be very painful and slow down recovery.

4. Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking

Drinking alcohol or smoking after a tooth extraction procedure should be avoided for at least 72 hours while it’s best to wait until you are no longer taking prescription pain medication. Smoking and alcohol consumption may delay healing by interfering with blood flow to the affected area.

5. Keep your mouth clean

It’s important to keep your mouth clean following an extraction as this helps prevent infection from developing in incision sites; hence reducing chances of dislodgement or even new dental issues.

Rinsing gently with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water) every two hours during day post surgery will help remove bacteria buildup around surgical site without disturbing delicate tissues around wounds

a) Use ice packs

Ice packs should also be used if swelling occurs again later on – applying cold compresses to outer areas where teeth were removed reduces inflammation caused directly by oral surgical procedures.

In conclusion, sleeping comfortably after a molar extraction can take some effort, but proper management of pain before bedtime, propping up your head with pillows while sleeping avoiding eating too close to bed-time and keeping good oral hygiene practices could make all the difference when it comes time for restful slumber!