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Because of the close relationship between the sinus cavity and the upper back teeth, a communication between the mouth and the sinus sometimes results from oral surgery. If you have been told that you have or may have a communication from the sinus, certain precautions on your part will assist in healing this area. We ask that you faithfully follow these instructions for your safety and health:

  • Take prescriptions as directed.
  • Do not use a straw for several days.
  • Do not forcefully spit for several days.
  • Do not smoke for at least fourteen days.
  • Do not vigorously rinse for several days. Gentle salt water rinses may be used.
  • 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.
  • If you must sneeze, keep your mouth open and don’t try to hold it in.
  • You may use a nasal spray such as Afrin® or a nasal decongestant such as Sudafed® to help avoid blowing your nose.

It is not uncommon to experience slight bleeding from the nose for several days after surgery.

If you experience any changes in your condition, especially if pain or drainage has increased, please contact our office and let us know as soon as possible. Until the complication has resolved, it is important that you keep all of your future appointments.

In Case of Problems

As long as you follow the suggestions and instructions as outlined, you should experience no trouble. If any difficulty arises at any time, please call or visit our office as soon as possible. We want you to know that our interest in your care and health does not end after your surgery. There is always someone on call to help with any concerns that arise.