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MOM MOMENTS: Just another breezy trip to the dentist

By March 12, 2012 January 2nd, 2020 No Comments

Recently, my youngest had a cosmetic dentist London appointment. It wasn’t unusual for him to be going there and it’s a place he actually really enjoys going. He’s been going since he was 3 — twice a year for a cleaning, fluoride treatment, complimentary toothbrush and a goody from the treasure chest. He hasn’t learned to fear the dentist like some adults who have had a number of bad dentist experiences, like root canals and extractions. All he knew was flavored fluoride and a little scraping of the teeth. What’s so bad about that?

But this last visit wasn’t for a routine cleaning. He was there for his first filling. Actually, for his first fillings. Yes, plural. Two. I was nervous going in. I knew what was coming. He didn’t.

I’ve always been conflicted about how much to tell the kids in advance when something like this is coming. On one hand, you want them to know what to expect. In another way, you don’t want them to know what’s coming and have it cause them fear and anxiety. I’ve done it both ways. Years ago, I’d tell the kids before we went to the doctor that shots were coming. It works with some kids. With others it doesn’t.

With one kid, I can tell him that he’s going to get some shots, but it will just be two and it will be quick and when it’s over the nurse will give him a sucker. cosmetic dentist London Then there’s no complaint or question. He goes with the flow. With another kid, I can say that shots are coming and it instills terror in him. I can’t get him out the door and I can’t get him into the doctor’s office without a big ordeal. So, what’s a parent to do?

Well, I didn’t really do either. I told him he had a cavity and we were going to the dentist so that he could fix it. It was kind of middle ground. He knew it would be something out of the ordinary, but he didn’t know it would involve Novocaine shots or a drill.

As usual, he was eager to go in. The dentist came out right away as he was in the numbing process and told me how amazed he was that he didn’t even flinch. At the end, the assistant came out to tell me how well he did and the dentist followed. Then he came out with a big swollen cheek…dental implants London.. He even seemed genuinely excited about the experience. He was fascinated with his numbed face. “I can’t feel my mouth,” he said. Then “I guess it feels like my mouth is getting a massage.” Then, “Hey, feel my face.” Then, “It feels weird. I think I feel like I have vampire teeth.”

He was a trooper. He took it way better than I expected. But, he has one more to go on the other side of his mouth. And this time he’ll know what’s coming…Read more

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