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Nausea After Wisdom Teeth Removal, Here Are The Reasons

Nausea after wisdom teeth removal. You’ve just had your tooth removed, and now you’re battling Nausea? Your case is just like many other patients who have had their teeth removed.

Like any surgery, wisdom teeth extraction comes with many of its complications. We will be detailing all you need to know about nausea after wisdom teeth removal, why you’re throwing up, the cause, is it normal, and how to remedy it. Also, see the sign to expect when your wisdom teeth heal normally.

Opinion-if you are above your 30s, and your wisdom teeth have grown uprightly, you don’t need to remove them. As much as there are known benefits of keeping them, there is no known benefit of removing them.

I strongly suggest you keep your wisdom teeth unless they are impacted, or it’s giving you some serious discomfort.

What To Expect After My Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Every surgery comes with its aftereffects, and so does wisdom teeth extraction. After wisdom teeth surgery, you should expect pains like:

  • Headache And Pains
  • Dry Socket (Alveolar Osteitis)
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Lip Numbness
  • Sore Jaw
  • Sore throat

We have listed everything about the side effects you can expect and their solutions in our article side effects of wisdom teeth extraction. Our focus here is on why you have Nausea.

Are you throwing up after wisdom teeth removal?

Postoperative Nausea and vomiting, (PONV) after general anesthesia is up to 30% when inhalational anesthetics are used with no prophylaxis. This makes PONV one of the most common complaints after surgery under general anesthesia and postoperative pain.

As anesthesia is administered approximately 8 million times per year in Germany for surgery, up to 2.4 million patients suffer from PONV every year if no prevention is provided. This is why you could suffer Nausea After Wisdom Teeth Removal and vomiting if anesthesia were used on you before the surgery.

It is a common side effect that can occur within the first few hours or days after surgery and can be triggered by several factors. Nausea that occurs 2-4 days after your anesthetic is generally from the narcotic pain medication or moderate dehydration.

If you start feeling nausea after wisdom teeth removal and vomiting after wisdom teeth extraction, It is advisable not to eat anything by mouth for at least an hour, including the prescribed medicine.

However, Nausea or vomiting should diminish after 4 – 6 hours of application. If it does not stop after this time and you’re not on any narcotic pain medication, call your dentist to direct on what you should do. Drinking coke or ginger ale can help subside the feeling.

How to stop Nausea after wisdom teeth removal

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You should avoid taking food by mouth for the next one hour, including your medication. Ask if narcotic pain medication is included in your drugs; remove them if approved by your doctor ­– drink coke or ginger ale to help you decrease nausea feeling.

Note that you can’t use a straw or suck anything within 48 hours after your wisdom teeth extraction.

What to do if you vomit after wisdom tooth extraction

Don’t panic; if the vomiting continues for more days, pay a visit to your dentist, he may add an antiemetic for the time being. Don’t worry; it is normal after third wisdom tooth removal

Avoid smoking (of any kind), alcohol/drugs, excessive spitting/rinsing, sucking through straws, and eating chewy/crunchy foods.

Is it normal to feel nauseous after a tooth extraction?

Yes, it is normal. The two primary reasons for postoperative vomiting are medications ingestion of blood. Vomiting is an undesirable side effect if you were sedated or if general anesthesia was used for surgery.

This would be relatively close to the surgical procedure and would not be a long-lasting side effect. Excessive amounts of blood in the stomach can cause vomiting. This is most likely caused by insufficient control of hemorrhaging.

Another problem associated with vomiting is taking medications and failing to eat. Pain medications are normally upsetting to the stomach. Failure to eat while taking pain medications causes more Nausea and vomiting. Add a small amount of blood to the mix, and vomiting is almost assured.

Prophylactic antibiotics are not necessary for third molar removal. If you had a significant infection before the surgery, you should have antibiotics. If you are given antibiotics, these in combination with the bleeding and pain medication will also increase the chances of vomiting.

Is Nausea a symptom of dry socket?

Just as we’ve discussed previously above, nausea after wisdom teeth removal is not a symptom of a dry socket. The symptoms of dry socket are far worse in pain than ordinary Nausea. Here are the symptoms of a dry socket.

  • If the blood clot is missing from the extraction site
  • If you can see the bone at the extraction site
  • severe pain at the site of the extraction
  • When you perceive a foul smell in your mouth
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Pain radiating from the tooth socket to the ear, eye, temple, or neck on the same side

If you are experiencing all listed above or any of them, seek your dentist immediately. You have lost the blood clot on the extraction site. The pain may start immediately after the tooth extraction or within a few days. It can continue for several days or weeks until treated.


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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