Thursday, October 18, 2007

First Trip to the Dentist

Today I decided I better take my kids in to see the dentist because Elisabeth is 3 now and because this week Charles took a fall and hit his mouth(which isn't too uncommon) but this time one of his front top teeth turned a grayish color:(You'll probably have to enlarge the picture to see the gray tooth) So I made the appointment this morning to go in this afternoon and then I talked to Elisabeth about was was going to happen: the dentist would brush and floss her teeth and put a little paper in her mouth to have her bite down on and then take a picture of her teeth. When I explained everything to her she was okay with what was going to take place so I felt good about it. Once we got into the dentists office and the dental assistant had Elisabeth sit in a chair that moves up and down, the look in Elisabeth's countenance changed, she started to get nervous and so did I. Then the dental assistant put on some laytex gloves and tried to touch Elisabeth's mouth and then it was all over. Elisabeth started kicking and screaming, she stood up in her swivel chair, reached her arms out to me and screamed, "Mommy, don't let her touch me! Please!" So the dental assistant quickly decided that we could skip this portion of the appointment. Next we walked down the hall and found the chair that Elisabeth was supposed to sit in to have her teeth cleaned. So she sat down quietly but when the assistant told her we were going to lay her back so that she could get a better look, Elisabeth freaked out again, even though if she were to lay back she could've watched the movie "Cars" that was playing on the ceiling..she just didn't care at this point. In the end I sat in the chair and held Elisabeth (who was much more calm when I did this), and I brushed her teeth while the dentist looked around with his little mirror and metal hook device. He did find a cavity in the back and thinks she should come back to fix that and be given an oral sedation...but I'm feeling a little wary. They don't want me to be in the room while they're fixing the cavity because she's going to be loopy, but I really want to be. So I think we'll just wait it out and get it fixed in 6 months or a year or so when she's a little bit older and feels a little more comfortable at the dentists office. I figured out towards the middle of her appointment that she really didn't like them touching her with their laytex gloves on, so I might have to buy some and have her and I wear them around the house while we clean or something just to get her used to them.

Charles did really good. He was pretty calm and relaxed about the whole thing and the dentist said that his tooth is bruised or dead and that it'll probably just turn an opaque color and then once it falls out and he gets his permanent tooth it should be fine and go back to it's normal color. We just have to keep an eye on it for a little while because it could get infected and if that happens he'll get swollen around the mouth and then we'd have to get the tooth pulled. Hopefully it won't come to that.

I told the kids that if they did okay at the dentists office and let him look at their teeth that we could go to "Old McDonalds" afterward as a special treat(we probably go there a few times a year, so it's very exciting for them). Even though Elisabeth didn't really have an ideal visit, she did let the dentist look at her teeth and I figure it was probably a bit of a traumatic experience for her so tonight for dinner we ate at "Old McDonalds."P.S. look below because I just posted one more blog

8 comments:

Vanessa said...

Well, I have to comment on the dental blog! :) Sorry it was such a scary thing for Elisabeth. I know what it feels like to be that assistant with the scared child. I hope that no one was too traumatized by the whole experience.

Vanessa said...

And I am glad that Charles did good and hope that his tooth doesn't have to be pulled! You have such cute kids.

Elisa said...

Vanessa, aren't you glad we moved to Utah before we decided to take her into the dentist...otherwise it probably would have been you trying to help her; though she knew you so she may not have freaked out so much, she has a really hard time adjusting to change

Trisha said...

I feel for Elisabeth. I was so freaked out by the dentist when I was little that I had to see a specialist and have laughing gas at the beginning of every appointment. Luckily my father-in-law is our dentist so our kids should be ok letting him check their teeth out.

LeMira said...

Well, this makes me feel better about not taking Jackson to the dentist yet. He hates the doctor, and even the eye doctor (who doesn't even touch him). This gives me an idea how he'd react at the dentist!

Siler Family said...

I have taken David and Rebecca to the dentist since we have moved to Texas and found that David has a cavity. We tried to get it taken care of, but had a similar experience. He won't let them touch him. So now I am real strick about the brushing. I do worry, since I can see the cavity and hope it isn't getting bigger. They say it helps to taken them from the time they are little so that they can get used to going. (if that can ever happen.)

Maren said...

I bet that was so fun, having her scream and make it sound like physical abuse in the dentists office. Nice. And i like the gray tooth. It adds character.

berrymom said...

I am glad to hear about your experience even though it wasn't a very good one. I know better now how to prepare when I finally get around to taking my kids for the first time. Good luck at future visits.