Sinus Lifts POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

Sinus Precautions

Because of the close relationship between upper back teeth and the sinus, a communication (opening) between the sinus and mouth sometimes results from surgery.    Certain precautions will assist healing and we ask that you faithfully follow these instructions:

At times oral surgery is accompanied by some degree of discomfort.  For moderate pain, one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken according to directions on the bottles.  Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may be taken instead of Tylenol.  Ibuprofen bought over the counter comes in 200mg tablets:  2-3 tablets may be taken four times daily, according the bottle instructions, not to exceed 3200 mg daily for an adult.  Consult our practice for individuals under 18.  Do not take the above medications if you are allergic to them or have been instructed not to by your physician.  Do not take Ibuprofen products if you take blood thinners such as Coumadin or Plavix.

  1. Do not forcefully spit for several days.
  2. Do not smoke for several days.
  3. Do not use a straw for several days.
  4. Do not forcefully blow your nose for at least two weeks, even though your sinus may feel “stuffy” or there may be some nasal drainage.
  5. Try not to sneeze; it will cause undesired sinus pressure. If you must sneeze, keep your mouth open.
  6. Eat only soft foods for several days, always trying to chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
  7. Do not rinse vigorously for several days. Gentle salt water swishes may be used.

Slight bleeding from the nose is not uncommon for several days after the surgery. Please keep our office advised of any change in your condition, especially if drainage or pain increases. It is important that you keep all future appointments until this complication has resolved. Our office can be reached at Carol Stream Office Phone Number 630-909-0500.