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Sinus Lift Post-OP

Following A Sinus Lift

Post-operative restrictions if you have been given IV sedation or general anesthesia:

  • The patient must be accompanied home and supervised by a responsible adult for at least four hours following surgery
  • No alcohol consumption or driving for 24-hours
  • No breast feeding for 12 hours after sedation or if taking narcotic medications
  • Normal activities may be resumed the following day as tolerated

Special Considerations:

  • If you must sneeze, do so with your mouth open to avoid unnecessary pressure on sinuses
  • No nose blowing for one week
  • Do not smoke, use a straw or spit for four days after surgery
  • Avoid playing wind instruments until cleared by the surgeon
  • If you feel air flow at the surgical site, please contact our office
  • If you feel congested, you may need to use antihistamines or decongestants. Over-the-counter products such as Sudafed work well.


  • Gauze should be placed over the surgical site.
  • To prepare the gauze, moisten it with tap water, squeeze dry, fold it and place over the surgical site. Hold in place for one hour.
  • Change the gauze every hour until bleeding subsides.
  • If the bleeding has not decreased in five hours bite on a dampened tea bag placed directly over the surgical site.
  • Minor oozing or the taste of blood is expected for the first day or two after surgery.
  • Bleeding may occur from the nose. This is not uncommon and should pass quickly.


  • Swelling will reach its peak after two days and may last for several days.
  • Maximum swelling is expected within 36-48 hours and may last for several days.
  • Apply ice to jaws, 20 minutes on/20 minutes off, for the first 48 hours after surgery.
  • Wrap a towel or cloth around the ice to prevent ice burn to the skin.
  • Swelling may cause increase in temperature. This is not an indication of infection, which is very rare and occurs several days after surgery.
  • Oral temperature may be misleading following surgery. Axillary (arm) or aural (ear) temperatures are more accurate.


  • To control discomfort and minimize swelling, take Ibuprofen 600mg every six hours for the first three days after surgery.
  • For severe pain, take the prescribed pain medication in addition to Ibuprofen.
  • Ibuprofen should be taken before the local anesthetic has worn off and always be taken with food.
  • Take your antibiotics as directed and until finished.

Oral Hygiene:

  • Do not rinse or spit for 24-hours following surgery
  • The day following surgery brush your teeth and rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz glass of warm water)
  • Do not use commercial mouth rinses until cleared by the surgeon


  • Patients who have been sedated are advised to begin with clear liquids, then progress to cool full liquids (milk products such as milkshakes or creamed soups) until the feeling returns, then advance to a soft to normal diet as tolerated.
  • Remove gauze when eating and drinking.
  • In the event of nausea and/or vomiting following surgery, do not take anything by mouth for at least an hour (including prescribed medicine).
  • You should then slowly sip on room temperature diluted ginger ale or tea every fifteen minutes until the nausea subsides.
  • When the nausea subsides you can begin eating bland solid foods and taking prescribed medicines. If nausea continues, contact our office.

You will need to have a follow up visit in order to remove the sutures and monitor your progress. Usually about a week after treatment.

Please call our office at 253-759-7941 if you have any further questions.
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