So, I'm about to kick some Daddy butt!
I work nights, leaving Daddio to tooth brushing and sippy weaning duty which he has admitted to failing miserably at after out last dentist appointment.
Little history, my son's father's, mother and her brothers have rampant caries and weak enamel resulting is extraction of all their teeth before age 25!
My side had the same problem a couple generations back.
When my son was 1 1/2 my kiddo chipped 4 teeth on a chair, resulting in extraction. Without anesthesia, just novocain.
Here we are a year later and my son when in for a check up. There is 1 huge caries in b1 and a big cavity in b2. ( first top 2 molars)
He confessed to late night chocolate milks and falling asleep with the sippy as well as " as needed " brushing.
Needless to say, I'm completely distraught, angry and worried.
The dentist says they will not do anesthesia or laughing gas, just hold him down and give him a shot.
I''ve tried everywhere, even traveling to bigger cities and still no luck
Sadly, my lovie will be facing a terribly terrifying experience of getting fillings and an extraction with just restraints and novacaine.
Not sure how to handle this
So far it's been a lot of crying. He is in so much pain and I'm getting him in ASAP but I'm not sure if I can handle it.
I'm on Medicaid, leaving me little options.
If any mommy's have been through this without laughing gas/sedation at such a young age
your experiences and advice as well as how to make this easier for him will be greatly appreciated
My DD had a filling when she was quite young (she was 3, I think). We held her down and she was NOT happy. Took 3 of us to hold her down. I found it pretty traumatic for me, but you know what? She was completely fine after, smiling and happy because she got a treat. Never even spoke about it, and went to preschool after. She had another filling a few years later, and I had to hold her hands, but she was fine. She's not afraid of the Dentist at all and looks forward to appointments. Obviously, we don't want to see our kids in traumatic situations, but they are resilient, and some things are necessary.
Ask your pediatrician for advice. They might have some referrals of places to get it done with anesthesia. When my barely 3yo needed significant work done, (he needed it done at 2, but got in finally at 3) it was extremely stressful because our dentist was giving us a quote that included general anesthesia that wasn't covered by our insurance, and had to be paid in full at time of service! I was like, are you kidding me? You think I'm going to come in here in 2 weeks and cut a check for $1800 just like that? No payment options or anything. We sooo didn't have that kind of money just laying around in a bank account. We could have done $200/month or so though. They weren't hearing it. I went to the ped and asked for advice and she told me to call the children's hospital dental clinic, and when I called there they connected me to the social worker and she helped me figure out how to make it work! You could try posting in finding your tribe to find local resources too.
dd (9) ds (7), ds (4) & ds (1)
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