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After wisdom teeth removal, quality sleeping plays an important role in the recovery process, and in maintaining the body’s overall health. Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure that many people undergo during their late teens or early twenties. To know more about wisdom teeth, please visit our wisdom teeth overview blog. While the extraction itself is a routine procedure, the recovery process requires careful attention to ensure a smooth and comfortable healing period. 

Sleep is crucial for the body’s overall health and plays a significant role in the recovery process after wisdom teeth removal.  The importance of getting enough rest post-surgery cannot be overstated, and here are some reasons why:

1. Pain management:

Proper sleep contributes to pain management.  During sleep, the body produces natural pain-relieving substances, helping to alleviate discomfort associated with the surgical procedure.  A well-rested body is better equipped to manage pain, reducing the reliance on pain medications.

2. Reduces swelling :

Elevating the head while sleeping helps minimize swelling.  Swelling is a common side effect of wisdom teeth removal due to the body’s inflammatory response.  Quality sleep with proper head elevation aids in fluid drainage and reduces the extent of swelling, contributing to a more comfortable recovery.

3. Supports immune function :

Sleep is essential for a robust immune system.  After surgery, the body is more susceptible to infections.  Adequate sleep strengthens the immune response, reducing the risk of postoperative complications and ensuring a smoother recovery process.

4. Improves overall well-being :

Adequate sleep is fundamental for overall well-being.  It helps regulate mood, reduces irritability, and provides the necessary energy levels to navigate daily activities.  Restful sleep contributes to a positive recovery experience and a quicker return to regular daily routines.

Tips for sleeping after wisdom teeth removal

Tips for sleeping after wisdom teeth removal:

 

  1. Elevate your head: Prop yourself up with an extra pillow or two to keep your head elevated.  This helps minimize swelling and promotes better blood circulation, aiding in a more restful sleep.
  2. Ice packs: Applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce swelling and numb the pain.  Place a cold pack on your cheek for 15-20 minutes before bedtime to ease discomfort.
  3. Follow medication schedule: Take prescribed pain medications as directed by your dentist. This will help manage pain and discomfort, ensuring a more peaceful night’s sleep.
  4. Use a wedge pillow: If lying flat is uncomfortable, consider using a wedge pillow to keep your upper body elevated at a comfortable angle.  This can be especially beneficial for those who find it challenging to sleep on their backs.
  5. Soft diet before bed: Stick to soft, easy-to-eat foods in the hours leading up to bedtime.  Avoid hot or cold beverages and opt for lukewarm options to prevent sensitivity.
  6. Oral care routine: Follow your dentist’s instructions for oral care diligently.  Gently rinse your mouth with a prescribed mouthwash before bedtime, and be cautious not to disturb the surgical sites.
  7. Create a relaxing environment: Dim the lights, play soothing music, or engage in a calming pre-sleep routine to help ease any anxiety or discomfort.

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, approximately 85% of wisdom teeth will eventually need to be removed.  Wisdom teeth removal is a routine procedure, and with the proper care and attention, patients can experience a smooth recovery process.  Always consult with a qualified dentist for personalized advice and guidance based on your individual needs.

In conclusion, sleep is a vital component of the healing process after wisdom teeth removal. It supports the body’s natural ability to recover, manages pain and inflammation, and enhances overall well-being. When it comes to wisdom teeth removal and comprehensive dental care, Wilmot Family Dentistry stands out as a trusted provider in Tucson, Arizona. With a commitment to patient well-being, Wilmot Family Dentistry ensures a seamless and comfortable experience.

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Tara B.
Tara B.
Wonderful, patient and caring team who go out of their way to ensure as comfortable and successful a treatment experience as possible. Highly recommend!
Leon L
Leon L
Dr Lyman is a true professional. Very knowledgeable and kind. Everyone is friendly at the office. We travel allot between CA and AZ. Dr Lyman is the best. Highly recommended.
Kathy R.
Kathy R.
Melissa is my hygienist and she is very good at her job. My overall experience was great.
Debbie F.
Debbie F.
Great dentist. Great staff. Couldn't be happier. Best dentist and office I have ever been to. Kind. Caring. Compassionate. If you are one of yhe people who hate going to the dentist they will change your mind!
Jim R.
Jim R.
Excellent visit with Dr Lyman as always. He is my favorite dentist of all time. I've had a couple of urgent issues and he never let's me down. I would highly recommend making him your dentist. You will not find a more honest compassionate care provider than he and his staff. Thank you for all that you do Dr Lyman.
Cori H
Cori H
The team is efficient, professional and accomodating. My visits to Wilmot Family Dentistry are comfortable and pleasant. I learn something new at each visit, as they thoroughly explain what's found on my Xrays when I ask.
Taisha G
Taisha G
A great experience: I was greeted promptly and courteously. Checked in and helped by multiple, kind and knowledgeable people once I was taken back. Seen by Dr. Lyman, I given a very thorough and transparent examination. I have follow up appointments scheduled and am happy my online research connected me with a centrally located office such as this one.
Lawrence B.
Lawrence B.
Timely, competent, friendly service from everyone.
Krista R.
Krista R.
We love Dr. Lyman! He’s a great listener, he takes the time to answer all of our questions, and he’s fun! Very experienced and knowledgeable. His staff is so nice! We love Wilmot Family Dentistry.
Kim H.
Kim H.
Not a fan of going to the dentist. Ever. Wilmot Family Dentistry was a great experience. Alex soothed my nerves and made me laugh. Tito is a great hygienist. Dr. Lyman is amazing. He is a no pressure, only what you need type of dentist. Five stars aren’t enough to describe my experience!!
Raymond M.
Raymond M.
Had my 6 month cleaning with Michelle. She is the best! When I need full dental care, and I have had my share, Dr. Lyman takes his time and makes the entire procedure a pleasure.
Krysten K.
Krysten K.
Amazing place and amazing staff made me feel super comfortable would definitely recommend to everybody!
Teresa L H.
Teresa L H.
I 've been in this office for years, and always have a great experience. They treat me with respect and courtesy, The Dr is very good and kind.
Mina J.
Mina J.
Everyone at Wilmot family dentistry was very professional and friendly.ThanksDr. Lyman is great with his patients and takes time to explain things.
JoAnn L.
JoAnn L.
Hygienist did a great job cleaning my teeth and Dr. answered all my questions. Good experience.
sara M.
sara M.
I have been going to this office for years. Dr. Lyman is very kind and knowledgeable. I have a lot of anxiety going to the dentist and I am always walked through the process and they answer all the questions I have. I have some gum issues and he has really helped in the treatment plan.My son had an emergency dental procedure that needed to be done and they got him in the same day. Great office and staff highly recommend
Jalen N.
Jalen N.
Went to the dentist for the first time in a while and they made me feel super comfortable with zero judgment! They were also super gentle and have a super friendly environment! I’m excited to start my journey at this dentist!
Sherry H.
Sherry H.
After searching for a dentist office that fits my needs for almost a year, I am so thankful that I found Wilmot Family Dentistry! Dr. Lyman and staff are absolutely wonderful! If you are looking for a dentist who actually cares about the patient and not just the all mighty dollar, please go here! I would highly recommend them.
Karoline C
Karoline C
Timely appointment, nice staff, knowledgeable, kind and helpful hygienist. And Dr Lyman was his usual excellent self.
Logan R.
Logan R.
Great dentist. Worked to make my insurance covered what I needed done. Wonderful place.
Laura S.
Laura S.
Everyone very nice
Jake E.
Jake E.
Best Dentist I have ever been to. Highly recommend them.
Maya B.
Maya B.
Always a friendly and understanding staff. Quick in and out with follow-up appointments made on the spot. Highly recommended
Paige H.
Paige H.
Always thorough, keeps me updated through every procedure, and a kind relaxed energy
Tina S.
Tina S.
I had an emergency dental problem and they got me in right away. Everyone was very nice and professional. They were able to fix my tooth and get rid of my pain.
Robert V.
Robert V.
Dr Lyman was very friendly and professional. Dr lyman explained the procedures so well made me feel relieved. Wonderful, atmosphere the Staff is so friendly and so welcoming. Thank you again for a amazing dental experience. Recommend this office for your dental needs.
M.J. M.
M.J. M.
Great place. Great people. Great service.
Louis S.
Louis S.
Everybody was so kind and extremely helpful in my visit. They explained everything to me unlike other dentist offices and are currently helping me get back into a schedule and routine for my oral health. 10/10 recommend!
sara L.
sara L.
I needed an emergency tooth pull and was in a lot of pain. Very glad to have found Wilmot Family Dentistry. They booked me a quick appointment and were very nice and professional. Liz, the dental assistant is fabulous and personable. Dr. is great. It finished quick and no pain.
Christine W
Christine W
Dr. Lyman and his staff are incredibly kind, patient and worked with us to get my son in on a difficult schedule. Very happy with this office and highly recommend!
Carmen R.
Carmen R.
I have been going to Wilmot Family Dental for a few years now. I have never had a bad experience. Dr. Lyman and the staff having been amazing each time. They are very friendly and nice.Will definitely keep going back and I strongly recommend them.
Amber P.
Amber P.
Exceptional experience for my family. My 7 year old needed a deeper cleaning and they took excellent care of her, she's actually looking forward to going back!Thanks for taking care of our smiles!
George E.
George E.
Everything about the dentistry was excellent! I was most impressed with the hygienist, Melissa. She is the finest dental hygienist I have ever had.
Iliganoa Selena I.
Iliganoa Selena I.
Dr. Lyman and his team are the best! The pano machine was down last week but they made sure to call me right away when it was fixed and scheduled me in the next week. Front desk is approachable, friendly and super nice. The wait times aren’t really long and that’s perfect! Thought I was only getting my X-rays today but they pulled through with pulling my wisdom teeth and reassured me everything was going to be ok. Recommend this dental for a family like feel. Definitely coming back again!
Monica T.
Monica T.
Everyone is so nice and friendly, highly recommended
Chris H.
Chris H.
I had a broken tooth. Hadn't been to see them for about 2 years. But as soon as I contacted their office. They got me in quickly and took great care of me. I appreciate their customer service and they're caring attitude. It's hard to find these days. I highly recommend them.
Lisa ann S.
Lisa ann S.
1st time. Broken tooth, needed extraction. I despise going to the dentist. Dr Lyman was very thorough, made sure I was pain free prior to tooth removal. Didn't feel a thing. Best experience in over 20yrs. I will be returning and recommending to others. Thanks Doc!!
Janet B.
Janet B.
Friendly staff and dentist. Kelsey was absolutely amazing! I
Christy
Christy
Very nice staff
Anna R.
Anna R.
It was refreshing to walk into a Dentist office where the front desk was nice and smiled! The hygienists were wonderful. I could hear my 15 year old daughter laughing in the other room with Inez. Staff and Dentist are super personable. We will see you all in August. Thank you!!!!
Mystri B.
Mystri B.
Wonderful staff! Thank you for all that you guys do!!
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