Welcome to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Amarillo in the Panhandle region. This video will cover important information regarding proper post-surgical care after a sinus lift for dental implants. This treatment is performed to increase the height of bone available for your implants. It is imperative that you follow the instructions listed below carefully to maximize your healing and improve the long-term outcome of your dental implants. Do not blow your nose for at least seven days, as the pressure will delay or damage your sinus healing. If you have to sneeze, do not hold it back – sneeze out. Open your mouth and try to minimize the pressure in your nasal and sinus passages. You may use nasal decongestants, such as over-the-counter Sudafed tablets or Afrin nasal spray, to keep your passages dry, especially if you have noticed continued drainage or feel the need to blow your nose. Take the antibiotics prescribed by your doctor until they are finished, even if you feel fine. They protect the surgical site from infection. Also, one or two servings of yogurt or an acidophilus pro-biotic tablet are recommended to reduce gastrointestinal complications, like diarrhea. Do not drink through a straw. This created suction, which may damage a healing clot. You may drink out of a cup, bowl, or use a spoon. Do not smoke, because smoking reduces the blood flow, contaminates the healing wound, and frequently leads to infections. If there are any serious problems or questions, one of our group’s doctors is available twenty-four hours through the answering service at 806-367-9990. Thank you for taking the time to watch this video. We look forward to seeing you and providing you with the highest level of care at our state-of-the-art facility. Thank you.