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how long do i have to wait before sleeping after wisdom teeth removal?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You don't have : To delay sleep.
Answered on Dec 31, 2014
Dr. Sherly Alex
17 years experience Dentistry
Wisdom teeth: You may sleep with your head elevated and straight back but do not sleep with the gauze in. To minimize further discomfort, use ice packs and warm compresses. Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist. Eat soft foods such as gelatin, etc. After the first day, you can rinse with warm salt water to reduce pain and swelling.
Answered on Apr 23, 2014

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