Yesterday I took the boys to the dentist. When they recently went for their scheduled cleaning, the hygienist recommended that they have a sealant put on their back teeth. As someone who has been “around the block” a few times, I know that having a sealant placed on your teeth, it does not hurt in any way. The hygienist merely “paints” on the sealant and then puts a light on it to dry. It’s uncomfortable, yes, but it doesn’t hurt. That being said, I was confident in sending the boys back to the chair alone. They went in one by one while I waited.
Let me preface this story with our visit for the scheduled cleaning. My kids have gone to the dentist since they were about 3 years old. No, I did not take them as toddlers. They have had 2 cleanings a year for the past 3-4 years. Never an incident…they were actually pretty happy to go. Our last visit last month, “The Nag” had a complete meltdown. Not just tears, actual screaming. “It hurts!” “I don’t like it!” “STOP!” This from the same kid who used to watch as the doctor would put the needles in his arm and not even flinch.
Knowing that he has this new issue with the dentist, I decided to be the “good Mommy” and give him a heads up about what the hygienist was going to do to him. I told him it’s like painting your nails. So, being funny, “The Nag” asked if she could paint his teeth blue.
I thought we were good and he wouldn’t be scared. And then he got in the chair.
The hygienist actually had to get me from the waiting room to come in and help her. “The Nag” was screaming, crying, and moving around the chair. I was so utterly embarrassed! I actually had to hold his chin open.
I tried everything to get him to stop. Bribery, threats, you name it, I tried it.
All I have to say is, thank goodness we don’t have to see the dentist for another 6 months!