Why am I Nauseous After a Wisdom Teeth Removal?
If you have to get your wisdom teeth removed, you may wonder how you will feel after the procedure. Wisdom teeth removal is more involved compared to a single tooth extraction. Following the post-surgery guidelines provided can help you take care of your mouth at home after your surgery. Your doctor will discuss their treatment plan with you prior to your surgery, as well as the post-surgery recommendations for at-home care. This helps the patient know upfront what to expect, and can help you during the recovery period. Some patients experience nausea, bleeding, or swelling after their procedure. Most of these symptoms after wisdom teeth surgery are normal, and your doctor’s team is always their to assist you during your recovery.
What Symptoms May I Experience After My Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Nausea and Vomiting
A common side effect after wisdom teeth removal is feeling nauseous. Anesthesia can make some patients feel nauseous after surgery, but this should subside after the anesthesia wears off. To help the feeling subside you can sip ginger ale or soda. Any feeling of nausea or vomiting should go away between 4-6 hours after surgery. Some patients may still feel nauseous for 2-4 days after surgery, and this can be from any pain medication they are taking, or from dehydration. We recommend patients drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated during recovery. If you still feel nauseous beyond the normal time period after surgery, we recommend contacting your doctor’s office right away to be seen.
Bleeding and Swelling
After wisdom teeth removal, it is common to have some bleeding or swelling around the mouth. To help with this we recommend gently rinsing with warm water. Gauze pads can be used to help stop the bleeding, and the pads should be changed regularly. If you experience swelling around the cheeks or area where the teeth were removed, ice packs can be used to help minimize swelling. The swelling around your mouth or jaw should subside after a few days. If you notice abnormal swelling or pain, please contact your doctor and he will have you be seen right away. This can indicate you have an infection and you should be treated as soon as possible.
Pain and Soft Food Diet
During recovery after your wisdom tooth removal, you may experience some pain. Patients can take prescribed pain medication, over-the-counter pain medication, or antibiotics after their surgery. The pain should subside after a few days. If you notice persistent pain that does not go away, please contact your doctor as soon as possible.
After surgery, we recommend patients follow a soft food diet while their mouth is healing. Avoid sucking from a straw, eat a balanced healthy diet, and drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to your doctor’s staff for support. Your doctor should always available to help you throughout your recovery.
Are There Any Other Side Effects After Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Most patients recover easily after wisdom tooth surgery, but if you experience any dizziness or fever, we encourage you to contact your doctor right away. A sore or scratchy throat is normal after the procedure, and this should subside after a few days. We recommend patients gently brush and floss daily to help keep up with oral hygiene habits at home. Staying on top of your oral hygiene and keeping the surgery area free of bacteria is important in the healing process.
Interested in Finding Out More About Wisdom Tooth Surgery?
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