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How Long Should You Rest After an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Man relaxing after surgery done at Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Allentown, PAAfter leaving the hospital post oral and maxillofacial surgery, you will need to do several things to aid faster recovery, depending on the severity of the aftereffects. While your procedure may be considered outpatient, you should still follow the instructions post-surgery, including any medications and rest. Here is how long your rest will need to be after oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Rest Immediately After Surgery

Your body needs to recover after oral and maxillofacial surgery, and what better way to achieve this than maximizing rest? Usually, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will advise you to have someone drive you home after surgery, as most procedures require sedation. Once at home, lie down and prop your head with pillows for proper blood flow and to reduce swelling on your face and mouth. This sleeping posture will also reduce excessive bleeding after surgery, and you should be able to resume some of your activities after a day or two.

Bed Rest for More Serious Procedures

After orthognathic surgery, you will require extensive rest for up to one week, but you should be able to do some light tasks at home by the fourth or fifth day. However, minimize your activities, as very intense movements could trigger bleeding. Also, increase your sleep durations at night and during the day. Naps are highly advised! And if you need more potent painkillers to ensure comfort, talk to your surgeon. Some of these medications will also tire you, hence the need for quality rest.

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Oral and maxillofacial surgery corrects your facial asymmetry and resolves oral issues like TMJ and congenital disabilities. While these procedures do not have a strict bed rest, you should avoid excessive physical exertion the first few days post-surgery and talk to your dental surgeon before resuming your regular activities. For more details on oral surgery and rest, contact us today.

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