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.
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.