After Sinus Lift

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There are certain precautions you must take after your sinus lift surgery to promote healing.

  • You should not blow your nose, sniffle, sneeze or anything which might put undo pressure on the sinus cavity.
  • Do not use a straw.
  • Do not rinse your mouth vigorously.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking will delay the healing process or may cause your sinus lift to fail.

You may have a nosebleed or some drainage from your sinus. It will stop after a while. You may be given antibiotics and decongestants, which need to be taken as directed to aid in the healing process. You will be given a follow-up appointment for one week, but if you have any concerns, please call our office.


  • Bite on gauze (do not chew) for 30 minutes. Then remove and check for bleeding.
  • Repeat process with fresh gauze as needed until bleeding has diminished to a slow oozing or stops altogether.
  • Do not rinse or spit for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not use a straw for the first three days.


  • Fill your prescriptions and take your medications as directed.
  • Take the first dose of pain medication after you get home before the numbness wears off. We recommend you take it with light food, such as a milkshake, frosty or soup.
  • Remember that certain antibiotics render birth control pills ineffective. Therefore, all female patients who are currently taking birth control pills should use another form of contraception, during the entire cycle, when antibiotics have been prescribed.

Oral Hygiene

  • Cleanliness is a must for rapid and uncomplicated recovery.
  • The day after surgery, brush as you normally would and begin rinsing with warm salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) four to five times per day for one week.