Dear Busy Working Mommy

Dear Dr. H,
 
I need a deep cleaning. I understand why and I want to get it done. However, I have very limited time off and I need to do the whole procedure at one time. The dentist will not schedule it in one sitting. I have to come back twice. Why? And how can I convince her I need this done all at once?
 
Busy Working Mommy
Dear Busy Working Mommy,
 
First, kudos to you! am so glad you are taking care of yourself! So often busy moms put themselves last on their to do lists and, consequently, their self care is ignored.
 
I also want to let you know that taking care of this gum issue will improve your overall health, make your breath better, and will stop the spread of the bacteria that causes bone loss around your teeth.
 
As for your real question- the answer is yes. Sometimes a dentist will allow you to have your entire mouth “deep cleaned” in one day. However, there are a few things that must be true before a dentist will do it.
 
1. You must be the type of patient that follows instructions. Your entire mouth will be numb and it will be difficult for you to talk. Eating will be out of the question. The damage a bite can do to your mouth when you are that numb is significant. The dentist will want to know that you are safe.
 
2. The extent of your gum disease is an important factor. The dentist will want to know he/she has enough time to do a good job and that you are not so fatigued that he/she cannot complete the procedure.
 
3. Some insurance companies will not pay for a full mouth deep cleaning in one session- for ANY reason. This would leave you with the entire bill.
 
You should also know that I (if I was the patient) would not have this procedure done in one sitting. My mouth would be too tired. And my life is insane right now! (This “having it all” isn’t what I thought it was going to be. We all need a nap! But that is a different discussion.)
 
If you still want the deep cleaning done in one day, call your dentist and tell him/her that you are willing to assume these risks. The dentist will most likely do it.
 
Happy Holidays!
 
Dr. H

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Allison House DMD

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