Wednesday, September 2, 2009
First Trip to the Dentist
Well, after much hype, a re-reading of Mercer Mayer's Dentist book and much chatting about how 'fun' the dentist would be...
She hated it.
She screamed. She was scared.
Great. Good 'first' to imprint on her brain, right?
The hardest part was the fact that they require the child to come back to the chair by themselves. Well, they strongly encourage it. Lets take it from her perspective. "Hello Mr and Mrs Stranger that I've never seen before that wear weird masks, smell funny and have gloves on. I'd just LOVE to accompany you to a place I've never seen do to something a little odd."
In the end, Wyeth and I went back with Seren. I held her hand and did some singing to her. The dentist did very little, in my opinion, to assuage her fears. Instead he said, "We already gave out the academy award this morning."
HUH! She has no idea what that means. She doesn't understand sarcasm! I thought it was rude. Me? If I was the dentist, I would have had Seren look at the 'tapper' and the mirror and ask any questions. I would have her enjoy the seat a bit- ride up and down, etc. And THEN get started. The whole 'welcome to this wacky room, sit in this wacky chair and open your mouth real wide' thing didn't work at all.
So, 15 minutes later, he declared that her teeth were fine, her mouth was small and that we should start saving for braces. He wouldn't be cleaning them due to her 'response'. Oh, and can I have 40.00 please for my time.
Tears wiped, smiles regained, we celebrated this 'first' with a picnic in the park. Seren declared for the rest of the day that she did not like the dentist. When I asked her about it last night before she went to bed, she snuggled me and said, "I guess it wasn't that bad."
What have been others' experiences with pediatric dentists? I don't think I'll be going back there. It is just scary when you are three years old and PEDIATRIC dentists, in my opinion, should know that. He did say that her response was 'normal'. (Of course it was!) At least the day was gorgeous and the picnic was good fun!