Sleep Dentistry Post Care: What You Can Expect

Sleep Dentistry Post Care: What You Can Expect

Sleep Dentistry Post Care

Sleep Dentistry Post-Care: What to Expect After Your Treatment

Sleep dentistry offers a comfortable solution for individuals who experience anxiety or fear when facing dental treatments. Whether you underwent a complex procedure or a routine dental check-up under general anaesthetic (GA), understanding what happens after the treatment is important for optimal recovery and dental health.

Immediate Post-Care

Recovery Room Monitoring

After your sleep dentistry procedure, you will spend a few hours in our recovery room where the anaesthetic nurse will monitor you and your recovery in the first few hours after the treatment. This period allows the effects of sedation to wear off gradually while ensuring your safety.


Due to the effects of your GA, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home, given that effects of anaesthetic can last for a number hours, it differs from person to person. You will need to arrange for someone to accompany you or opt for transportation services to take you home.

Managing Discomfort

Follow Post-Procedure Instructions

Your dentist and anaesthetic nurse will provide detailed instructions on how to manage any discomfort or pain post-procedure. You should follow these guidelines meticulously to aid healing and prevent complications.

Pain Management

You might experience some discomfort or mild pain following the procedure, which is normal. Your dentist may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribe medication to manage any discomfort. Always follow dosage instructions and if you are unsure, please give us a call.

Oral Care

Oral Hygiene

Maintaining proper oral hygiene is crucial, especially after you have undergone treatment. Your dentist might advise specific mouth rinses or gentle brushing techniques to keep the treated area clean while avoiding excessive pressure.

Diet Recommendations

Your dentist will likely suggest a soft diet immediately after the procedure, especially if you have had surgery. The best thing to do is to avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could irritate the treated area or potentially ruin any dental work you have had done (crowns, veneers etc.)

Recovery Timeline

Rest and Recovery Period

Plan for some rest and relaxation post-procedure. Your body needs time to recuperate, so avoid strenuous activities for at least 24 hours.

Follow-Up Appointments

Your dentist will likely schedule a follow-up appointment to check your progress, remove any stitches if necessary, and ensure proper healing.

Potential Complications

Recognising Warning Signs

While complications are rare, it's essential to be aware of warning signs such as excessive bleeding, severe pain, swelling, or signs of infection. Contact your dentist immediately if you notice any unusual symptoms. It's important to get on top of these issues before they become serious.

Understanding and following post-care instructions diligently is vital for a smooth recovery after sleep dentistry procedures. Your dentist plays a crucial role in guiding you through this phase, so don't hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns or questions during your recovery.

Remember, each person's experience may vary, so be patient and give yourself the time needed to heal properly. Always consult your dentist for personalised post-care instructions tailored to your specific treatment.


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