Sinus Augmentation/Bone Grafting Pre- and Post-Op Instructions


Part of your schedule surgery involves a sinus bump or sinus lift. To encourage a healthy recovery, we recommend using a Neti Pot daily for at least 1 week prior to surgery. You will resume using it for 6 weeks after surgery unless otherwise directed by Dr. Rice. An antibiotic will be prescribed prior to your appointment. You will begin taking it 1 day prior to surgery and Dr. Rice will let you know how long to continue taking it post-surgery.  To promote a healthy digestive system, we encourage you to take a probiotic such as FLORASTOR while you are taking your antibiotics. This helps balance your digestive system, which will help eliminate side effects such as diarrhea, gas and abdominal pains.


You will need to purchase the Over the Counter medications and start them after the surgery:

  1. Afrin Nasal Spray 2-3 sprays up to 2 times daily for 2 weeks
  2. Claritin D-24 hour (Pseudoephedrine 240mg and Loradtidine 10mg) take 1 daily for 2 weeks
  3. Motrin or Advil (Ibuprofen 200mg) take 600 mg every 6 hours for the first 24hrs after surgery. Then take 400mg every 6 hours for 2 (two) days

Tylenol #3 will be prescribed and you can take 1-2 tabs every 6 hours as needed for pain with or without the Motrin/Advil.


Blow your nose, hold in a sneeze, suck threw a straw.

Wearing your Prosthesis, Night Guards or CPAP Machine
Partial dentures, flippers, full dentures, night guards or CPAP machines should not be used between 7-14 days after surgery until your post-operative appointment unless specifically instructed otherwise. Please contact the office if there is any question. If you have a temporary flipper to wear, do not place it until the numbness in the area is gone. When it is placed, it should not touch the gums in the area of the surgery. If it does, this can cause ulceration of the wound edges and breakdown of the suture margins. This can lead to loss of the graft. If you have questions about the fit of your flipper, partial denture, or complete denture, do not wear it until your general dentist or our office can see you.Sleeping Position
Avoid sleeping / laying on the side that surgery was performed. Sleep slightly elevated at a 3 degree angle for 7-14 days. until your post-operative appointment unless specifically instructed otherwise.

Memberships & Associations

Dr. David Rice, DDS, KOIS Center Clinical Instructor membership page The American Academy of Restorative Dentistry membership logo for Dr. Rice, DDS Elgin dentist Dr. David Rice is a member of the American Dental Association Illinois State Dental Society membership badge for Dr. David Rice, DDS


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