I was not looking forward to having these "deep cleanings" (aka periodontal cleanings) done :( , as I'm sure no one really is. I think a lot of it was just fear of the unknown and what to expect post-cleaning, along with not being thrilled about all the shots required to keep me from feeling things. But Dr. Holley did a great job with all those shots and it wasn't a big issue after all (and I definitely wouldn't want to do this without the anesthetic, so...)
I had the work done in two appointments, one for each side of my mouth. And I have to say, Amy took great care to make sure I wasn't in any pain and got in there and did the work quickly and efficiently, so that the actual "hard part" was only an hour per side. That's about all I wanted to have to handle, honestly, and I'm glad it didn't take any longer than that for the scaling. I have a LOT of crowns and a lot of dental work in general, so my time might've been longer than most, I'm not sure.
Post-cleaning, the recovery was really pretty quick, did not require antibiotics or pain Rx's (I took a Tylenol that afternoon as the anesthetic was wearing off, just in case), and I was eating grilled chicken by the next evening. I followed her recommendations of warm salt water rinses, and soft foods for the first day, and went another day with soft foods, just because I was nervous. But I had it done on Wednesday and this is Friday and I can't really tell I had the work done, so I'm very happy I did it, very glad it's over with, and I recommend that patients who need this done just schedule it and do it, for your oral health. Like I told Amy, I think the hardest part (for me) was showing up for the appointments.
Thanks Amy : )
Thanks, Dr. Holley