Sinus Precautions

Because of the close relationship between upper back teeth and the sinus, a communication between the sinus and mouth sometimes results from surgery. Certain precautions will assist healing and we ask that you faithfully follow these instructions:

  1. Take prescriptions as directed.
  2. Do not spit for several days.
  3. Do not smoke for several days.
  4. Do not use a straw for several days.
  5. Do not forcefully blow your nose for at least two weeks, even though your sinus may feel “stuffy” or there may be some nasal drainage. A nasal spray or decongestant may be helpful and prevent the “need” to blow your nose.
  6. If you must sneeze, keep your mouth open.
  7. Eat only soft foods for several days, always trying to chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
  8. Do not rinse vigorously for several days. Gentle salt-water swishes may be used.

Slight bleeding from the nose is not uncommon for several days after

Please keep our office advised of any changes in your condition, especially if drainage or pain increases. It is important that you keep all future appointments until this complication has resolved.