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How an Incline Can Give You Better Sleep Following Oral Surgery

Posted on 11/20/2019 by Tricia Ramsay
How an Incline Can Give You Better Sleep Following Oral SurgeryPeople get oral surgeries for a wide variety of reasons. Some are looking to treat some very serious issues affecting the health of the patient's teeth, lips, palate or even to aid in alleviating issues such as infections, sleep apnea or even facial pain. Some do it for cosmetic reasons while others do it to improve on their oral health.

However, there is one constant to any sort of surgery that you choose to do. There must be a time designated for proper healing so that the desired changes can settle in and become one with the patient. Although time is the biggest factor during the healing process, there are things you can do to alleviate the levels of pain and discomfort experienced during this time. One of the most significant ones is resting on an incline whenever you can. So, how can an incline get you better sleep following any type of oral surgery?

Reducing Swelling

The flow of blood in our bodies is largely dictated by our postures. If you sleep in a position where the head is lower than the rest of the body, you force blood to flow in this direction which can cause you to bleed more than usual. You should always sleep in a position where your head is higher to reduce the amount of blood flowing into your mouth.

Due to the enhanced blood flow to the head, you might be experiencing a lot of swelling. By sleeping on an incline, you make sure that the swelling will go down since not as much blood is flowing into the affected areas. That way, you can heal better and also eliminate the pain and discomfort that comes with it.

In the situation where you get oral surgery, we'll also help you by providing you with additional coping mechanisms to increase your quality of life during recovery. This way, you heal without the unnecessary pain and discomfort associated with the healing process.
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