Care Instructions After Sinus Lift Surgery
Following sinus lift surgery, it’s important that you carefully follow a few post-operative care instructions:
- Do not blow your nose for the first four weeks following the procedure (or longer, if indicated).
- Do not sneeze holding your nose: Sneeze with your mouth open.
- Do not spit or drink through a straw.
- Avoid flying in pressurized aircraft, which may increase sinus pressure.
- To help reduce pressure in your sinuses, decongestants such as Drixoral, Dimetapp or Sudafed may be helpful.
- If you were given a prescription for antibiotics, take them as directed to help prevent infection.
- Avoid any activity that causes pressure in your nasal cavity, including “bearing down” when lifting heavy objects, blowing up balloons or playing musical instruments that require a blowing action. If you smoke, you must stop for at least two weeks after surgery. (If necessary, your oral surgeon can prescribe a Nicoderm patch.)
- Do not rinse or spit on the day of your surgery.
- It’s essential to keep your mouth clean to reduce the risk of infection. Use warm saltwater rinses (one-half teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water) at least four to five times daily, especially after meals.
- For the first 48 hours after surgery, do not brush your teeth in the area of the surgical site. Be very gentle when brushing the other teeth.
- If you have partial or full dentures or flippers, you should not use them immediately after your surgery until your post-operative appointment, unless specifically instructed otherwise. If you have a temporary flipper to wear, do not place it until the numbness in the area is gone.