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My 5 year old has dental work next week.  The past 2 times he had his jaw numbed he bit the inside of his mouth terribly.  Is there anything I can put inside his mouth this time to help prevent him from chewing himself up?  I'm going to watch him like a hawk this time, but I want to be prepared.  Also, he is nervous about the dentist this time (because of the numbing) and I think having a plan of something we can put in his mouth will help him.


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Well, we had the appointment and my son wouldn't let the dentist do the work.  Luckily, the decay is very minimal and we are going to recheck in 6 months.


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If the work isn't too deep would he rather try without the numbing?  If it's a baby tooth it might not be very sensitive to begin with, so the needle might cause a lot more pain than it prevents.   Dd had a small filling done when she was five and opted to skip the needle with no regrets.  She felt a little bit, and put her hand up whenever she needed a brief pause, but it went fine, and she spent less time in the chair since there was no waiting for the numbing to happen.

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