The information in this video will address sinus precautions.
The sinuses of the upper jaw, also known as the maxillary sinuses, are hollow bone cavities within the cheeks. They vary in size and shape from patient to patient, and they are located just above the upper back teeth. The phrase “sinus precautions” refers to specific instructions that patients must follow when the procedure directly involves or lies adjacent to the sinuses.
There are two common scenarios where patients are asked to follow these instructions. The first and most common situation involves the removal of upper back teeth. The second involves patients undergoing a sinus lift procedure to allow for the placement of dental implants. More specific information regarding your specific situation will be reviewed when you visit our clinic.
By adhering to the following sinus instructions, you may ensure that your recovery is uneventful and comfortable:
Do not blow your nose for at least 7 days, as the pressure will delay or damage normal sinus healing.
If you have to sneeze, do not hold it back — sneeze outward. Open your mouth to try to minimize the pressure in your nasal and sinus passages.
You may use nasal decongestants, such as over-the-counter tablets or sprays. These will help keep your passages dry and relieve the feeling that you need to blow your nose. Discuss any new over-the-counter medications with our team or your pharmacist before taking them.
Take the antibiotics prescribed by your doctor until they are finished, even if you feel fine. They protect the surgical site from infection. Also, 1 or 2 servings of yogurt or an acidophilus probiotic tablet are recommended daily to reduce gastrointestinal complications (like diarrhea).
Do not drink through a straw, as this creates suction and may damage a healing clot. You may drink out of a cup, bowl, or spoon.
Refrain from smoking. Smoking reduces the blood flow, delays healing, contaminates the wound, and frequently leads to infection. Smoking also creates negative pressure and suction that damage healing of the delicate clot.
Other, less common situations or activities that should be avoided for 7 days following surgery include playing certain musical instruments (for example wind and brass instruments), scuba diving, and air travel.
For additional information, please refer to our video, handout, or website regarding general post-operative instructions following oral surgery. We wish you a quick and comfortable recovery, and we are here to help if you need us.