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I did read the archives and got lots of info but I would like any comments on our particular situation.<br><br>
My 4 year old has sensory integration dysfunction. When he thinks something is painful, he is terrefied beyond belief (hair cuts and baths are 2 examples) He fights, kicks, bites, screams, the whole deal.<br><br>
When he was a baby he fell down and knocked his 2 front teeth up into the gums a little bit and sliced his frenum (the dentist said that saved him having it done later..)<br><br>
Speed up a few years and he falls again injuring the same teeth. One is very loose. He kept telling me it was broken but I didn't believe him. I took him to the dentist and he did remarkably well until she told me that they had to pull the tooth out. They gave him novacaine and some kind of gas but it didn't seem to have a lot of effect. Then he screamed hysterically when the gas wore off. The dentist told me it feels like your whole body is waking up from being "asleep"<br><br>
Ok, so we brought him back to the dentist to check on the tooth that was pulled because there was still some in there. Needless to say he was freaking out. Especially when they did the x rays. They said he has a few cavities.<br><br>
They fought me tooth and nail on the silver fillings (I cannot for the life of me figure out why they even care????) They said they would "try" but they said it in such a way that I know they would get him in there, give up and insist on switching to silver.<br><br>
They also told me that when he comes in they are going to strap him to a papoose board. With his sensitivities this would be a disaster. His special ed teacher told me it would be about the worst thing we could do and I agree.<br><br>
Obviously I am not taking him back there but that leaves me with a problem. I don't want to do GA but it seems like my only option. I honestly don't feel like rescue remedy would work (although I admit I haven't tried it) If you so much as say the word dentist in his presence he falls to the floor screaming and begging not to have to go there. You don't even have to say that he is going, all you have to say is the word.<br><br>
Would sleep dentistry be appropriate? What exactly is it? There is a dentist that advertises that they don't do any silver fillings and I would like to go there because I at least wouldn't have to deal with that argument but then I don't know how they would be about his terror. The dentist that we took him to before was a ped dentist so I thought it would be better. Any ideas?<br>
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I don't know about sleep dentistry. Hmmm....I do know that it doesn't necessarily need to be a ped dentist, some general dentists are actually much better with children.<br>
The procedure of composite fillings take a lot longer to do than amalgam which is probably why they didn't think that they could do it.<br>
You could just ask that particular dentist about how they deal with terrified children...I am considering taking my dd to another dentist for a second opinion. They told me straight out, if she cries and gets really upset, they won't see her. My dd has a lot of fear. At least our dentist now, who has some short comings, has some compassion for her, even if he is kind of old school in his approach with her feelings.<br>
I am certain that the reason my dd is afraid of the dentist is in part due to the use of the papoose board. I didn't have options when we started her dental work, so went with it. This past visit, I asked to not use the papoose board and she did really well wrapped in her own blanket with me holding her hands not in a grip but for comfort. This was approached with a lot of role playing and talking ahead of time.<br>
Most important is to find a compassionate dentist who will really work with your ds, not just force him into the experience. Several appointments is probably better than one big one too.<br>
Good luck to you in finding a good dentist for your ds.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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