Saturday, April 16, 2011
olive had a very traumatic dental appointment yesterday. she had a cavity between two of her teeth that had to be fixed. we explained the process and that her mouth would feel funny but it would be painless. she did great getting her teeth cleaned a month ago and showed no real anxiety leading up to the experience or even while we were there until the novocaine shot. the numbing gel they put on first didn't do much because she screamed when they put the shot in her gum. then, as soon as that kicked in she FREAKED. thank the Lord that i had taken an ativan that morning because it made ME freak out. she cried and kept asking what was wrong with her, were her cheek and lip still on her face? was this permanent? WHAT WAS HAPPENING!? i took her out of the dental chair and sat her on my lap and calmed her and explained what was going on (again) and how it was a good thing that it felt numb because the drill wouldn't feel good if it wasn't. reassured she got back in the chair and i held her hand while they started the drill. turns out she wasn't totally numb and i'm telling you she looked like she was being electrocuted. back arching, fingers straight out, toes pointed, SCREAMING. but we were too far into it to turn back so we had to push on against her will. she got another novocaine shot but she was so afraid! i laid her in my lap and secured her arms and whispered loving words to her while another nurse secured her legs and the other worked. she just kept screaming "mommy! i want to go home! mommy make them stop!" i of course was crying but i couldn't take her home. i couldn't tell them to stop because she had a huge hole in her teeth! literally the whole process was maybe 20-25 minutes but it was the worst time i can remember of her life. we just held each other for a long time afterward and when we hit the doorway to leave she turned around and sniffled, "i am never getting a cavity again!"
removed from the situation she was more like "yeah, that sucked" so i'm glad she had no lasting damage. not that i thought she would but man, it was pretty bad. it was quickly forgotten soon afterward because she had preschool and then her birthday party that night. but that is another entry.