If you’ve just had a wisdom tooth extracted, your dentist will likely tell you that you need to have someone stay with you overnight to make sure that you are comfortable and have everything you need. However, if your friends or family can’t make it, it can be hard to find someone else to help you out. Luckily, there are still some things that you can do by yourself to reduce the amount of pain and discomfort from wisdom tooth extraction in the first few days after surgery so that you can spend less time at home alone and more time with your friends and family or at work.
How to Handle Dizziness
After wisdom tooth extraction, some patients feel a bit of dizziness or nausea as they recover. While these feelings are mild and temporary, it’s important to know what steps you can take to prevent them and handle them if they occur. Here’s what you should expect when recovering from wisdom tooth removal and how you can help yourself feel better more quickly. Dizziness : Mild dizziness is common immediately following a procedure; however, most symptoms go away within a few hours of surgery . It’s important that patients limit activities for several days following their procedure in order to allow time for any bruises or swelling in their mouth area to go down and allow your body time to heal before resuming normal activity levels.
Bruising and Swelling
Swelling and bruising may occur after wisdom tooth extraction. Avoid applying ice directly to your face and focus on keeping your head elevated instead. Swelling peaks at around 24 hours after surgery, so try not to stress if you’re surprised by how swollen your face is – it’s normal. You may also experience some discomfort while sleeping, as it can be tricky to position yourself in a way that doesn’t bother swollen gums or exposed nerves. If you find yourself unable to sleep because of pain or aching, use over-the-counter pain relievers for temporary relief.
Don’t expect your pain to disappear immediately. On average, most people say they still have some level of pain 24 hours following their surgery, but it should be significantly less than what you experienced before you went under. While there are a number of medications that can make post-extraction discomfort easier to handle, it’s important not to overuse them: aspirin and ibuprofen can thin your blood and increase bleeding, while acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a good option if you only have a mild headache. However, in combination with other drugs or alcohol—especially in high doses—acetaminophen may cause liver damage or death.
Heartburn and Indigestion
After wisdom tooth extraction, it’s common to feel lightheaded or nauseous. To avoid nausea and vomiting after wisdom tooth extraction at home, sip small amounts of water slowly every 10 minutes until you can handle full sips. You can also eat a little bit of soft food, such as soup or pudding. If you begin feeling dizzy or lightheaded at any point during your recovery, lie down with your head elevated.
Nausea and Vomiting
It’s normal to feel nauseous after getting a tooth extracted. If you’re feeling sick and throwing up, take a step back and rest. Try consuming small sips of ice water slowly over time (don’t drink it all at once). A saltine cracker might help settle your stomach as well, but be sure not to eat or drink too much because you could end up vomiting again. The reason you feel nauseous isn’t really clear, but dentists say that it might have something to do with chemicals released by your body when certain tissues get torn during an extraction. It can also be due to anesthesia used on some patients before extraction or stress that occurs when getting a tooth pulled out.
Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily. Visit your dentist regularly for routine cleanings. Eat soft foods until your mouth has completely healed from surgery. Avoid smoking and alcohol. Take medication as prescribed. Call your dentist if you have severe pain, swelling, nausea or high fever (over 100°F). Try to get plenty of rest and limit your activity while recovering; always consult with a healthcare professional before trying any natural remedies or other treatment programs on your own. Follow these tips carefully to avoid complications following surgery!