|At least we don't have THIS dentist!|
Then I became a mother and my fears were multiplied by like a million by those of my kids. The oldest had AWFUL teeth- and his first real dental appointment had him strapped down and screaming the whole time as they attempted to get an abscessed tooth out of his head. If that doesn't scar you for life- I really don't know what will. Every single dentist appointment after that- including 18 months in braces- was sheer torture, for him and for me. Now that he is 20 - he has bad teeth again and is begging to get in to see a dentist. Is it totally wrong of me to say "Na nana na na na- I told ya so?"
The boy has been my most challenging-Autism and dentistry- mutually exclusive terms to be sure. So I started with him by reading books, social stories and taking him when Teenzilla went to the dentist. So I killed 2 birds with one stone- I got the social story done- and made his first visits exploratory in nature. Then I had to seek out a pediatric dentist- preferably one who had experience working with special needs kids. When I found her- I was beyond relieved.
So today's excursion to the dentist office was one for *GULP* extractions. My boy had developed a very snaggle tooth smile- with 3 baby teeth not coming out and the permanent teeth coming in right on top of them. This was a problem in many ways- one being his inability to wear his mouth guard at football...
Did I mention the dentist doesn't allow parents to go back with the kids....ONLY if it is absolutely necessary- and we have yet to have an absolutely necessary instance. So- I sit in the waiting room, nervous and worried awaiting the hygienist to come and get me, or to bring the boy out in a meltdown. Luckily- this doesn't happen. From start to finish the tooth extractions took a half hour. 30 MINUTES PEOPLE!!! Now of course these are baby teeth and have little root and were already loose but that even impressed me. He walked out a little unsteady on his feet, but all in all no worse for wear!