First, they had to get another couple of x-rays so they could see certain parts more clearly. My visit last week, they did full x-rays but some things didn't come out as clearly so they did three more. The hygienist/dental assistant was the same as the last time. She's really nice and helped me relax some more by talking with me about tattoos and funky jewelry.
After the doctor looked over the new x-rays, they got started by numbing my mouth and then shooting me up with stuff to numb my jaw. Then they shot me up with some stronger stuff in my gums to numb all that stuff. Then they got started and I was a little nervous again. He stopped a few times during the procedure to give my mouth a break from being open for so long and to inject more anesthetic to help numb parts even more so I didn't feel any pain.
The procedure took a little over an hour but I have a kickass doctor who kept me nicely doped up and I didn't feel hardly any pain at all. Mostly just a lot (A LOT) of pressure but that wasn't even that bad. I actually like the doctor and for me, that's good. Despite my aspirations to work in the medical field, I generally can't stand most doctors. This guy is good though. By the time I was hazily thinking I was probably only half done, he was moving away to grab some things so he could clean my mouth and get the inside of my mouth stitched up. Him doing the stitches on me was probably the most awkward feeling of them all. It just felt very... weird, lol.
I had some gauze stuck in my mouth for the longest time absorbing the blood. I think we changed that gauze in my mouth 6 times before it was no longer bleeding. I also got a cold compress to hold against my jaw to help with the pain immediately after the procedure.
I go back in one week so he can check out his handy work and remove the damn stitches. Oh and to set up the next appointment for the next procedure I get to have done. Joy joy.
I got some high strength Ibuprofen for the pain but I'm not hurting too much. Not yet anyway, lol. He said the thing that will hurt most will likely be my jaw so bleh but oh well. Though it's almost 8 hours later and I'm still only a little sore in the jaw so I'm not sure how much pain I'm going to face. If it doesn't get any worse, I won't be complaining. At all. I'm relieved that I wasn't in the amount of pain I was expecting. He was actually surprised that I took everything so well and didn't beg to be knocked out or something. The only thing, aside from my jaw being very slightly sore, is it hurts to open my mouth very wide and if I laugh too much, it pulls at that stitches. That's more annoying than painful though. Stupid stitches! Eating is a pain in the ass too. I'm not normally a painfully slow eater but I have to take forever to chew. Soft foods only. Chewing only on the right side of my mouth. It's tiring to eat, lol.
All in all.... I'm actually really happy with how things went Wednesday and I'm not totally dreading the next procedure now. :)
Though, I'm not really in the mood for taking anything sassy for HNT today so you get these. Enjoy, lol.