He has had
So an oblivious 4 year old went back to
Ok I need to let you know that there are 2 schools of thought when it comes to children's dentistry. One is that you don't ever numb the kid unless it is an incredibly deep cavity because the numbing shot hurts. The other is that you always numb the poor kid because sometimes the drilling hurts even when it shouldn't.
I grew up with a dentist who follows the always-numb policy and so I never knew there was any other way. Yes, the shot hurt but I always thought it was so cool because it just felt weird afterward.
So back to Junior's traumatic visit, the
I took one look at my white-faced tear-streaked little boy and knew this had been an awful visit.
We left and I told Junior we would do whatever he wanted, we could go by Sonic, go to the zoo, or just go home. He decided that Sonic and the zoo sounded pretty good so we did that and he perked up.
Later I got to thinking about it and I realized he hadn't played with his face at all. You know how after you have been numbed it feels strange to poke your cheek - he hadn't done that.
So I asked him if the dentist had given him anything that made his mouth feel weird.
So that dentist had the nerve to act like my child was being a brat for objecting to being hurt!?!
Needless to say, we haven't been back to that dentist. Junior went to a pediatric dentist to get that tooth finished - and they found another cavity the first had missed. But he still gets a panicked look on his face when we talk about him going to the dentist.
So today he went to the dentist that the rest of us have been going to since we quit going to
He even giggled while the hygienist was polishing his teeth.
He left the dentist with a smile on his face, a goody bag in his hand, and thrilled to have no cavities.
I heart our new dentist.