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Lying Down After Oral Surgery Can Slow Recovery


Posted on 4/10/2018 by Michelle Smith
Oral Surgery OMA OK 73134There are times that an oral surgery is unavoidable because you need to maintain your oral health at all cost. After an oral surgery, all you want to do is have a speedy recovery because you just want the swelling and discomfort to go away.

The first thing you might want to do is take a rest and avoid strenuous activities that can cause bleeding and swelling. However, did you know that lying down after an oral surgery can actually slow down your recovery?

Head Above Heart

Lying down after any oral surgeries or even other medical surgeries is not totally prohibited or bad for the health. In fact, you really need to get off your feet and take a rest.

Better yet, shut down from reality and have a good sleep. However, what you really need to know is that lying down flat on your back can cause excess swelling and bleeding.

You should keep your head above your heart if you want to avoid excessive swelling and bleeding that can slow down your recovery. If swelling and bleeding continues, this may also cause additional pain after the oral surgery.

On top of that, lying down after an oral surgery can cause other complications, such as high blood pressure, which can make your recovery slower than usual.

What Do You Need To Do?
No, you do not need to sit down when you feel you want to sleep. Since you need to rest and sleep, keep your head propped up with a lot of pillows.

This will make your head stay above your head, thus making the swelling and bleeding better every day. This will also lower your blood pressure, so you can sleep more comfortably.

You might also want to avoid suddenly sitting up or standing up from a lying position. This can lead to nausea and vomiting. From a lying position, slowly sit down for a minute before finally getting on your feet.

There are other things that can help you have a speedy recovery, but regularly visiting the dentist is the best tip.

Oral and Maxillofacial Associates, in affiliation with INTEGRIS Health, are the Official Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for the Oklahoma City Thunder








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