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Our ds has a visible cavity in a molar at the back of his mouth. I've watched it for some time and now can see that it's starting to become more of a pit than a dark area. He has a dental appt. this Thurs am for a checkup. I've spoken to several dental offices and all of them say that if the child won't sit still, they would have to sedate them. They would not allow me to hold him still if he wanted to get away.<br><br>
There is a possibility that he will sit still because he was recently hospitalized for pneumonia and they drew blood and he sat still. I was holding him, though.<br><br>
What I do not want is for him to be under general anesthesia. They told me that if he had more than one cavity, it may be best to do it at the hospital. I think this is crazy. I remember being 5 years old and getting a shot in the gums and getting my teeth filled. Why is it so different now?<br><br>
Have any of your children sat and cooperated with fillings?<br><br>
What type of sedation could they use in the dental office itself if he won't cooperate?<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> My DD1 was about 3.75y when her dental work started. She had a mouth injury and we actually had to pull two of her teeth out, this was done in a dental office with no sedation, she did great. Not even two months later, we had to fill her 4 cavities, for that I choose oral sedation with nitrious oxide in the dentists office, that went very well. Had it only been one cavity then I think she would of been fine just sitting there, but for 4, and they were all in different areas of her mouth, I knew that she would not cooperate. Best wishes.
 

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amazingly enough my DN is 4 and sits GREAT for teh dentist.<br><br>
this is the ONLY time he sits -- trust me -- it is AMAZING how he is at the densit -- he is not a bad kid but he is never still, and anything else is a FIGHT<br><br>
dentist are not like when we were little<br><br>
a lot won;t see jkids unless they are a ped dentist and even they won't do the gas and shots like they did on us any more.<br><br>
could you hold him at teh dentist?<br><br>
Aimee
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> My DD1 was about 3.75y when her dental work started. She had a mouth injury and we actually had to pull two of her teeth out, this was done in a dental office with no sedation, she did great. Not even two months later, we had to fill her 4 cavities, for that I choose oral sedation with nitrious oxide in the dentists office, that went very well. Had it only been one cavity then I think she would of been fine just sitting there, but for 4, and they were all in different areas of her mouth, I knew that she would not cooperate. Best wishes.</div>
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Can you tell me how the oral sedation was administered? Is it the injection or something given to drink? For a tooth to be pulled, they must have had to numb the area right?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">amazingly enough my DN is 4 and sits GREAT for teh dentist.<br><br>
this is the ONLY time he sits -- trust me -- it is AMAZING how he is at the densit -- he is not a bad kid but he is never still, and anything else is a FIGHT<br><br>
dentist are not like when we were little<br><br>
a lot won;t see jkids unless they are a ped dentist and even they won't do the gas and shots like they did on us any more.<br><br>
could you hold him at teh dentist?<br><br>
Aimee</div>
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Yeah, I'm thinking he might be still, too. I know that I can go in with him and I do think that I can hold him at least for the initial exam. I honestly think he may do better if I'm not holding him, now that I think about it. You know how kids act differently when Mom isn't right there? This is the office he'll be going to. I've heard nothing but good about them. I canceled the appt. with the others.<br><br><a href="http://www.cavallinodentistryforkids.com/" target="_blank">http://www.cavallinodentistryforkids.com/</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> My DD1 was about 3.75y when her dental work started. She had a mouth injury and we actually had to pull two of her teeth out, this was done in a dental office with no sedation, she did great. Not even two months later, we had to fill her 4 cavities, for that I choose oral sedation with nitrious oxide in the dentists office, that went very well. Had it only been one cavity then I think she would of been fine just sitting there, but for 4, and they were all in different areas of her mouth, I knew that she would not cooperate. Best wishes.</div>
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Also, was it conscious sedation?
 

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I know you KNOW this -- but it never hurts to remember -- kids feed off of expectations......spoken or not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
kinda the -- if you expcet them to act up -- thye do -- idea. YK???<br><br>
and I also really agree kids by that age act totally differntly in view of mom or not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> my DN is 4 and in preschool one day a week (so older DN who is home schooled can have 5 hours on hard work on whatever they need it without DN2 there) .. and DN is a much more mature child when he thinks Sis is gone and he "on his own".<br><br>
I am not suggesting you leave DS alone -- but i am offering that as something to think about -- maybe sit way back adn try to blend into the wall if not necessary -- maybe let the dentis or assit give him instructions and talk to him..... as a first line, steping in if needed.<br><br>
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My four year old had five cavities filled a few months ago. Oral sedation and gas. He did great. He was awake the whole time.<br><br>
unfortunately he has three more this time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My four year old had five cavities filled a few months ago. Oral sedation and gas. He did great. He was awake the whole time.<br><br>
unfortunately he has three more this time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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How did they give him the oral sedation?
 

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It is a drink, they drink it, wait about an hour then go back and get the work done. I am positive they still numb the area too...
 

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I think what they're trying to tell you is that they do have the option of sedation as a last resort. When my oldest son was 3.5 years, he had 3 cavities. They were all pretty small, so they filled them all just by using nitrous oxide (the "laughing gas" mask) and novacaine (the numbing shot for the gums). My youngest son did have to go under general anesthesia for more extensive dental work, and at that office what they did was a shot in the bottom first, which calms them down enough to start the IV. It was scary but in the end I'm glad there wasn't any screaming or crying, with me holding him down. He woke up smiling!
 
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