Nothing ruins your night quite like a toothache. It can make getting a good night’s sleep next to impossible. You just toss and turn all night, trying and failing to ignore your discomfort. Fortunately, there are surefire ways to get rid of that toothache. Continue reading more to learn these tricks from a dentist on how to cure a nighttime toothache.
Keeping a part of your body that’s in pain elevated above your heart may help not only with the pain, but put a stop to inflammation as well. If you’re lying flat on your back, blood may pool in the head, worsening your symptoms. Place your head on a pile of one to three pillows. That extra elevation may be enough to help you relax and fall asleep through the night until you can call your dentist about your toothache the next day.
Wrap a bag of ice in a towel. Apply it to the side of your face with the toothache. This helps constrict the blood vessels in the area, which can reduce pain and allow you to get the shuteye you need and deserve. If you are prone to toothaches, especially at night, it may help to apply a cold compress to any problem areas for 15 to 20 minutes at a time every few hours in the evening.
Oral Pain Medication
Probably the simplest method of alleviating a toothache is by taking over the counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These medications also cut down on swelling, which helps reduce pain. Be sure to always stay within the recommended dosage that is listed on the packing. Going over that amount could have dangerous side effects. If your toothache is more than mild to moderate, or it persists for several days, you might want to talk to your dentist about prescribing you some stronger painkillers.
There are multiple ways to get rid of nighttime tooth pain. Stay tuned throughout the next few months to learn even more of them!
About the Author
Dr. Clifton Baldwin has more than 30 years of experience practicing dentistry since he graduated from the University of Texas Dental School Houston Branch. He focuses on providing quality dentistry in a family-oriented environment to all of his patients in the Spring, TX community. If you frequently have toothaches that keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, contact Dr. Baldwin at (281) 893-4746.