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  1. #11
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    I hated the dentist as a kid. We went to this old school one and I was traumatized because I had to get baby teeth pulled when I was 8 and it was just with local anesthetic. My teeth were not loose, but my permanent teeth were starting to come in so they had to come out. It was awful.

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    Leslie I can't imagine NOT going to a pediatric dentist like you've now got. They are a dime a dozen here - theme offices and all.

    Tracy, I have had very dentist phobic kids. Thankfully they have outgrown it. DS1 has had to have dental work incl (not loose) teeth pulled. We always use gas. Once I think there was a liquid too? I wouldn't have made him do any of it without at least some sedation. He watches a movie of his choosing during in the screens they have above.

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    We just took them to our regular dentist when it was time. It never occurred to us to go to a pediatric dentist. Then DS1 started freaking out last year and they referred us. And then, of course DS2 freaked out at his next visit, so he got referred, too.

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    If she's really nervous about having it pulled I think I would not even talk about it with her so she doesn't fixate on it. I'd call the dentist office & ask if they'll use laughing gas or what. Baby teeth become loose because the roots get erased in a sense when the permanent tooth grows in so it doesn't seem right that it would be loose and now it would seem to be attached better. There may be something else going on. When ds has gotten laughing gas, those appointments are always first thing in the morning on a n empty stomach since laughing gas can make them nauseous.

    I had to have permanent teeth pulled when I was a kid since I didn't have enough room in my mouth for all my teeth. They just used novicaine. I can't stand gas- they used that when I had 2 of my wisdom teeth removed and when I went back to have the other ones done, I only had novicaine.

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    DS does go to a pediatric dentist and always has. That's probably why he has never had any fear. They have video games in the waiting area and they make everything a game. Like when he first started going as a preschooler the dental hygienist called the suction thing "Mr. Thirsty."
    ETA: DS did have another tooth pulled way before it was time to come out because it was cracked. That was a bigger production with laughing gas.
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    I'll be following along because DS has inherited my crowded mouth - I had to have almost all my teeth pulled out starting in the 3rd grade. Where I had to get them pulled out was no kid friendly at all - I always had gas except I had my 4 impacted 12 year old molars removed at the hospital. I am going to try really hard to make all of this as easy on him as possible because I had such a bad experience.


    We got to a pediatric dentist, but they aren't over the top. No movies or video games - just sunglasses and prizes
    J&D - May 2005 *** E - 8/7/06 *** J - 3/17/09

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    Oh, we still had fearful kids even with video games in the waiting room and Mr. Thirsty.

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    We have always gone to a pediatric dentist, with DS1's first visit at 9 months and he STILL has issues
    Joshua Daniel~ 3/4/08 at 19w4d with us for 68 minutes, forever in our hearts , Michael Aaron- our rainbow baby arrived 5/15/09
    Jacob Ryan- our second rainbow 2/11/12

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    DS's dentist came to their preschool and he has commercials on TV and it is totally over the top. But it works. DS is stoked about going there. He is a lot less enthusiastic about going to the ped (no video games, no tokens) and is scared to death of shots and getting his throat swabbed, which luckily we haven't had to do in a couple of years.


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    We go to a pediactric dentist too and DD loves it. I'm so glad because I have a serious dental phobia that is difficult for me to manage even as an adult. They have the video games, movies, mr thirsty, prizes, the whole shebang. Tooooootally worth it. In fact her next check up is next Saturday and she has been looking forward to it for several weeks. #dentalnerd
    isabella noelle :: 12.7.09

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