Well, we did it. DD, 3 in a few more months, got her tooth fixed. Smilemomma, do you remember the story? Started with a few pits in teeth D and G, then I saw that the back of one of them was gone (I even asked for your daughter's extra copy LOL), and then the Versed-laced procedure was planned.
At the first appt, a month ago, we were sent back because I stupidly admitted she'd had BM 2 hours earlier ~ though water and clear liquids including 7Up were allowed, I was placed right along with the cows and other cattle in the dairy category, which had a 4-hour cutoff.
Today, we went back, and this time I didn't admit anything
. She got the Versed ~ after 10 minutes, she leans back, says "I feel goooood" and smiles a junkie smile. That's going to bode well for the future ~ both DH and I have done our share of drugs, and it looks like she's inherited the gene. Ouch. And I don't think the essential oils really contributed to her ecstasy
She was okay for the first minute or so, the rest of the 15-min procedure gradually got worse and climaxed into a veritable screamfest. The dentist was very nice and gentle, but a little too no-nonsense for my taste, tho DH thought that his "get it over with as quickly as possible" was appropriate. I would rather have inserted a few brief breaks, especially since the xylocaine shot got her upset but she was fine as a piggy in poop as soon as it was done (there was a short wait after that). Anyway, the "bee machine" went reasonably well, but the air thingy, the water spray, getting ickies in her throat, trying all the equipment out first on her hand even though she indicated that she didn't like that, and the UV light to set the new tooth with were a bit more than she'd bargained for.
Luckily, she didn't need a pulpotomy. And the "gone" part on the back was pretty shallow. And they respected our wish for no papoose board, even though it took all four of us (dentist, assistant, DH and me) to hold her down. And I only cried a little bit.
About 4 hours later, she still remembered the shot and the irritating water spray on her hand, and the general fuss, but she says nothing hurt (though the shot did) and "it was fun" and "we go there again sometime." And she thought it was just her and the dentist, and nobody held her down, and the "patient medicine" made her very patient indeed with her mouth wide open (sans the little open-holder jack, of course) for a looooong time. I love her.
He removed the dent on the front (enamel only, I think), most of the back in an inverted U-shape with the very sides and top still there, and about 1/4 of the bottom of the tooth, and replaced it all with a composite (I think) cap. It looks lovely. Now my question (yep, simonee always writes 59826592 paragraphs before getting to the question): how strong is this cap? The dentist said that it would be strong enough to bite through an apple, but will it hold up to a carrot? Or (:embarrassed: ) to a lollipop? Do we need to change chomp-down habits?
BTW thanks so much, smilemomma, for archiving this board. It works very well ~ all the wealth of info on this board is even more accessible now, and I truly felt like I knew what was going on in that office. You're doing an incredible job enlightening all us mystified mamas about the obscure field of dentistry! I've even told grownup friends about this board, because it's such a nonthreatening, honest place to learn more about what one can expect to get for the $$ spent in the dental office.