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Lying on an Incline Following Oral Surgery Can Speed Up Recovery
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
If you are having oral surgery, you are going to want to do anything that you can to speed up your recovery. You probably already know that you will need to take your antibiotics. You have heard which foods you should eat and which you should avoid. You also most likely know that you will need to rest to allow your body to heal. There is one thing that you may not realize about your recovery. It all has to do with how you rest and sleep while you are healing. Incline While you are healing from oral surgery, you need to make sure that your body is at an incline while you sleep. This does not mean that you need some type of special equipment. All that you need is pillows. It is as simple as that. If you are unsure of what sleeping on an incline is supposed to be like, there is a simple way to know. Your head needs to be higher than your heart. You should be at a 45-degree angle if possible, but you do not need to try to figure out what the angle is. As long as your head is elevated above your heart, you should be fine. It is recommended that you sleep at an incline for at least three days and nights following oral surgery. This will help with the healing process. If you feel throbbing in your mouth or jaw when you lie down, try adding another pillow. You may not have elevated your head enough. We will let you know everything else that you need to be aware of before your surgery. As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. We want to make sure that you heal as quickly as possible....
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Is Sedation Dentistry a Good Option to Help Us Improve Your Oral Health?
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
The worst thing you can do when it comes to your oral health is to find reasons not to visit our office. Regular checkups and professional cleaning are an essential part of your oral health. The problem that many people have is that they fear the dentist. It could be the sounds or the way our office looks that they are afraid of. It could be due to some type of trauma they suffered in the past. Regardless of the reasons a person needs to find a way to overcome their fears and come to our office for a visit. Sedation dentistry may help you accomplish that goal. What is It? Sedation dentistry is an option that helps people get over the fear of the dentist. It involves several different aspects for people who need help going to the dentist. It starts before a person gets to our office. Some people may take medication or use relaxation tricks before they leave for our office. Once in the office, there are other tools to help a person relax. The waiting room, the music and the personnel in the office all help put you at ease. In the actual examination room, this idea of relaxation continues. Before starting any type of examination or treatment, additional sedation medications can help. These range from light sedation to a deep sedation that allows the patient to get whatever treatment they need. Why Sedation Dentistry Improves Oral Health Good oral health requires several things. It requires a person to practice good oral hygiene habits. It also requires a person to have regular visits with our dental professionals for examinations and cleanings. If a person is afraid of coming to our office, they may miss out on this important step. They may delay getting any treatment they need to help improve their oral health. For more information about sedation dentistry and other oral health issues, contact our offices to schedule an appointment....
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Why Do Cheeks Tend to Swell Following Oral Surgery?
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
Oral surgery will not only affect the area being treated directly, but the rest of your mouth will feel its effects as well, including your cheeks. It is critical that you follow all the instructions we give you to minimize and reduce the swelling as soon as possible after the procedure. This will help speed up your recovery and have you feeling better soon. It is very common for patients to have swollen cheeks after an oral procedure. Every patient is different, and some are lucky and barely get any swelling. However, our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible after surgery. Swollen Cheeks After Oral Surgery When you have oral surgery, you go through a traumatic experience, especially during an extraction. We are removing a tooth that has been part of your mouth up until this point, and other areas will be affected by this process, including the cheeks. The swelling of the cheeks happens when your body starts to heal the damage from the surgery. While it can be uncomfortable to have swollen cheeks, it is perfectly normal and expected. Swelling will peak between 24 to 48 hours after surgery and will begin subsiding after that. If everything is going well with your recovery, the swelling should not get worse. If you notice that it's not improving, call us immediately, as this can be a sign of infection. It is imperative to ice your face as instructed by our staff. Applying ice for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off throughout the day for the first two days will significantly reduce the swelling. You also must keep your head elevated to encourage blood flow and dry socket healing. If the swelling of your cheeks has not subsided or has gotten worse after three days let us know right away and we will bring you in....
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