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The Tooth Extraction

monkeyToday was a day of dread for my 6 year old. She was scheduled to have a badly decayed molar extracted and she was terrified. We had to leave the house by 7:30 am and she was not in the mood to hurry up and get ready.

When we got to the dentist office, things got even more stressful. The buildings were surrounded by fire trucks! A neighboring building had smelled smoke and no one was allowed in anywhere. Finally about 15 minutes later, all was cleared and we got to go in.

Miss N is not good when it comes to needles, so we determined ahead of time that she would need some Valium to start her appointment. As soon as they took her back to give her the Valium, they asked her if she wanted a teddy bear or a monkey to keep her company. She picked the super squishy monkey (pictured at the right) and it immediately became a source of distraction. About 10 minutes after getting her medicine she got sleepy and was very relaxed.

When they were ready to take her back into the procedure she suddenly got very frightened and basically cried all the way through. I felt so bad for her. She didn’t like the shot of Novocaine at all.

The actual extraction of the tooth took all of about 30 seconds!

She has resting all morning – we’ve watched Alvin and the Chipmunks, Barbie Mariposa and now she is just reading books. It looks as if she is starting to feel much better – she’s fighting with her sister!

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4 Responses to The Tooth Extraction

  1. Trisha says:

    I feel bad for her! My husband is a grown up and had to have a tooth pulled recently and it didn’t go so smoothly. Apparently his roots were fused to his bone and they had a hard time getting it out.

  2. I am so glad things turned out well. I was stressed just reading this post! (Fighting with her sister is a really good sign that she is on the mend!)

  3. Char says:

    Trisha – that sounds bad! Did they have to do surgery?

    Kathy – believe it or not, by 4 this afternoon she was back to herself and wanting to run around with her friends.

  4. Trisha says:

    Char – no, it was just done at the dentist’s office. Maybe it should have been. He said his whole head just didn’t feel right for a long time.