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. If this complication has occurred, it often heals slowly and with difficulty, but certain precautions will assist healing and we ask that you faithfully follow these instructions for the next few weeks.

• Take prescriptions as directed.
• An over-the-counter nasal decongestant such as Claritin D should be taken.
• Do not forcefully spit.
• Do not smoke.
• Do not use a straw.
• Do not forcefully blow your nose, even though your sinus may feel “stuffy” or they may be some nasal drainage.
• Try not to sneeze; it will cause undesired sinus pressure. If you must sneeze keep your mouth open.
• Eat only soft food for several days and always try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
• Do not rinse vigorously. Gentle salt water swishes may be used.

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

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