Sleeping After Wisdom Teeth Removal

September 13, 2021
If you are preparing for wisdom teeth removal, you may be wondering how the procedure will affect your sleep. This is a common concern that many of our patients at Bamonte Oral Surgery have, but luckily, with the correct preparations, you can get restful sleep after your wisdom teeth removal.

Find the Right Sleeping Position

As you are healing, your extraction site may ooze. Therefore it is helpful to lay on your side, especially for the first night of recovery. Laying flat on your back can be uncomfortable if your extraction site oozes, and it may also cause you to experience more swelling. Excessive swelling can cause you to deal with more discomfort which can make sleeping difficult.

Take Medication as Directed

As the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some discomfort, which can hinder your sleep. Don’t suffer through it; instead, be sure to take your medication as directed to help you get a more comfortable night’s rest.

Keep Your Head Elevated

For the first few nights of your recovery, we recommend that you sleep with your head elevated. You can use a single pillow to elevate your head while sleeping on your side. If sleeping on your side is uncomfortable, try to use a few pillows behind your back and prop yourself up.

Stick to the Aftercare Instructions We Have Provided

After your wisdom tooth removal, you will need to carefully follow our aftercare instructions given to you after your procedure. This will help you sleep comfortably and help you have a smooth recovery experience. We recommend the following guidelines for an easy recovery:
  • Keep physical activity to a bare minimum.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Avoid drinking through a straw.
  • Do not smoke or use any type of tobacco product.
  • Apply ice and heat as directed.
  • Try foods such as milk, low-sodium broth, fruit smoothies, and protein drinks to satisfy your hunger.
We may also offer additional recommendations based on your unique needs. By following our advice, you can expect to sleep comfortably throughout your recovery. If you have any questions about aftercare for your wisdom teeth removal, or you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Bamonte Oral Surgery today!
Dr. John Bamonte
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Dr. John A. Bamonte, a native of the Pittsburgh area, is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and finished in the top 10 of his class in 1984 with the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine. Through 1985, Dr. Bamonte practiced general dentistry with his father in Natrona Heights and concurrently earned a Master of Science degree in Anatomy/Histology at the University of Pittsburgh.