This time, I left the girls with a sitter and took the boys down to the dentist. After all, it’s a 2 hour trip, and I thought it would be better for Lucy if she wasn’t stuck in the waiting room of the dental office.
On the ride down, I made promises to the boys. “If you’ll be really good and let the dentist do her job, I’ll take you to the toy store and you can pick out a new toy.”
We got to the dentist’s office and the boys stuck to me like glue. We sat down, and they called their name a few moments later. Neither one freaked out, so I figured the toy promise had worked.
Boy, was I wrong.
Not two minutes later, I hear Jace screaming at the top of his lungs. They tried for about 5 minutes to calm him down, but they couldn’t even get him into the chair. The dental assistant came out to talk to me about sedation and why they thought it was the best route to go with Jace. I totally agreed.
While I was talking to Jace’s dental assistant, Zander’s assistant came out with a paper for me to sign. Zander was kicking and squirming like crazy, so they needed my permission to put him in a “papoose” and then brace his head and shoulders down. It was the only way they were going to get him to stay still and get any work done. I signed the paper and let them go ahead.
Almost an hour later, Zander came out with tears streaming down his face. He is bruised all over his shoulder and chest area because he fought and squirmed so much while in the brace. We decided that it would just be best to do sedation for him next time as well.
I almost wish we had just gone with sedation in the first place. What did all the trauma of today teach them aside from how scary the dentist can be?
I wish I could help them understand the importance of the dentist. Any tips or suggestions? I never had this problem with Ashley. She’s always been so good for the dentist. In fact, on her last trip, the dentist told her she was their best patient in their office. Now how’s that for a compliment?! I certainly didn’t hear that about my boys today. Wish I could change that!