That chipped molar was just the start. It turns out that my little guy has a few things working against him. First, his mouth is too small to hold all his baby teeth (which, means that most likely there won't be room for the big ones either). This has caused his molars to be very tight together and flossing to be a struggle. Let's be real though, flossing is a struggle anyway when you are dealing with a feisty 5-year-old. This lead us to the second part; almost every single molar had a cavity in between the molars. So although we had been brushing very consistently, it did little to help his squished together teeth. Finally, his enamel is not very strong (genetic link I think) which has also probably lead to some of these issues.
|About 5 minutes before we went back to have surgery.|
Last Thursday, we went in, he went under, surgery lasted 2 hours with less work than expected and he came too with a bit of an attitude but healthy and alive. This family was relieved!
|His face felt "funny" he said. That among other various things. Like he wanted to chew like a T-REX...|
- ASK QUESTIONS: Our pediatric dentist was fantastic. Not only did she have the anesthesiologist call the night before to answer any questions, but she also made sure to check in with us several times. I literally asked questions like "what is your death rate?", "How do you handle emergencies?", "What is the likelihood that my son could have side effects from the anesthesia?". Can I tell you that by the time we go to the actual surgery I was less of a mess. I felt more confident and although I was worried, it did not project to my child and that was VERY important to me.
- TALK TO YOUR CHILD: My son is smart. He knew that he was missing school to have his teeth fixed. He knew that he would have to go to sleep. He knew that I was going to be right there when he went to sleep and when he woke up. He knew all of this and more because we talked about it. We made sure that he knew why he needed the procedure and that he could be in a bit of pain after. We also prepped him for the post-surgery expectations as well. We calmed his fears as they came up and most importantly we were there for him with love and assurance.
- MEET THE DOCTORS: Before I sent my child off with people he had never met to just take a nap while his teeth were fixed we made sure that he met the doctors, had been to the office and was comfortable there. The minute we pulled up to the location my son said "Oh, I remember this place, are they going to play a movie?" Right before they took him back the anesthesiologist came out and talked with him, explained what he was going to do and made some funny jokes. The nurses did the same as well as the doctor. He walked into a room of smiling people who made him laugh with his mommy in hand ready for a nap.
- KEEP BUSY: My son was the second surgery of the morning. The mom that was in before us had only brought a pillow and cell phone. She was a wreck; crying, pacing, just trying to find something to do. I on the other hand brought my mom, my daughter, my school work, my grading, my phone and the kitchen sink to keep busy and distracted. When the office staff came out to tell us that they were almost done, I felt like I had literally just blinked. It went that fast.
- BE PREPARED FOR POST-OP: Read up or discuss with your doctor side effects and needs after surgery. I knew nausea could be an issue so I made sure to bring vomit bags for the ride home, I dressed him in comfortable clothes as I knew he would be sleepy, we had pain meds already on hand so we didn't need to run to the pharmacy and I purchased tons of soft foods that he loves to help his snack time cravings. I also made sure that he was well rested and cared for with limited activity for several days. It really helped his transition and made recovery much easier.
|The very next day. It was like he never even had a surgery.|
Our little guy recovered fantastically, was his old self by the next morning and had no pain. Literally none, which surprised the heck out of me. I want to thank everyone for checking in on us, sending love, prayers, good juju and sweet sentiments. We appreciated the outpouring.