Q. Is it advisable to sleep with gauze in mouth after tooth extraction?

Answered by Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.


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Hello doctor,

I got my number 32 extracted at 1:30 PM. It is now 12:40 AM. I am not bleeding a lot but it is still coming out. Any advice? I would like to sleep but would hate to swallow blood in my sleep thus making me sick. Can I sleep with gauze in mouth?

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Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your question. I can understand your concern.

If the bleeding is still there and you are not able to sleep, change the guaze and wet the another guaze and put it there. If bleeding will not stop you can use a guaze with ice pack. My suggestion is do not be apprehensive, as raised blood pressure is also the cause for bleeding. You can also visit an emergency room for further treatment. The two reasons may be the left root stem and high blood pressure provided you do not have any underlying blood disorder. Yes do not sleep with guaze as it may obstruct your airway and can be fatal too.

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