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A 19-year-old female asked:

is it ok to breathe through your mouth while sleeping after having wisdom teeth removed? or is it ok to use non prescribed mouth was?

5 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Follow instructions: If your dentist or oral surgeon gave you instructions, you should follow them. Breathing through your mouth while sleeping is fine, but no drinking through a straw because it will affect the clotting. If a mouthwash was prescribed, use it. If not, i would ask your dental office.
Dr. Stephen Carstensen
Dentistry 38 years experience
OK to Breathe : Yes, you can breathe through your mouth but it's interesting to think of why you want to do that? How long since the surgery? If it is uncomfortable or difficult to breathe through your nose now, you should consult your surgeon about that. There shouldn't have been much effect on nose breathing. Most mouthwashes are non-prescribed and safe. I recommend non-alcohol ones.
Dr. Howard Kirschner
Dentistry 9 years experience
Yes: However, just leave the extractin socket alone. Do not disturb the healing socket. Donot insert q-tips into the socket. Do not disturb the clot. Follow the instruction sheet from the dentist for post-op instructions. Call the office oftghe dentist weho did the extraction. Do not seek attention from another dentist. Stay with the dentist who did the extraction.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes, No: Mouthbreathing is ok. Don't rinse right after wisdom teeth removal, can cause dry socket. Follow oral surgeon instructions.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Yes, you can: breathe through your mouth. However, if you develop difficulty in breathing, seek emergency medical treatment.

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