My 4.5 y/o son had 6 cavities that the regular dentist found, and also filled. This was done over 4 visits, and the last one he became a LOT more upset and resistant to the whole thing. One of the cavities ended up developing an abcess, and was going to have to be pulled. The dentist said he would not need a spacer (this is for a molar). Well, he wouldn't let them do it, so they referred us to a pediatric dentist. While there, they took xrays, and found even more cavities -I am a veterinarian who does lots of dental work so I also looked at the films and could easily see them. They also felt that several of his other fillings should have been a different treatment done due to the closeness of the nerve-again something I could see. And, that he would need a spacer for the tooth with the abcess-which is what I had believed as well based on what I had read (we don't do those in vet med!) Due to the degree of disease and his level of fear, they recommend doing it in one visit under general. We are fairly close to UNC which has a school pf pediatric dentistry, so we are lucky in that regard.
I ended up feeling a lot more comfortable with the ped dentist-the 1st only asked about candy and juice as underlying causes for all the cavities, while the ped. dentist discussed my son's history of reflux, preference for carbs, slowness of eating, lack of fluoride in our water (and didn't push fluoride) and other things for the underlying causes. But even with that I am nervous about general anesthesia of course. My DH is also asking how much REALLY needs to be done with baby teeth-I've explained the reasons for addressing the problems now but he is not 100% convinced.
So, for anyone who did go the GA route-how did you decide to do it? How did it work out? Are you glad you did it? I think maybe I just need reassurance....I'm a worrier anyhow, and you add in my 30-week pregnant hormones and I'm having a lot more trouble working through this. Thanks!