Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Dentist

I decided it would be a good idea to take the boys to the dentist a few weeks back.  I had noticed Chandler's front teeth seemed a little yellowed, plus now was as good of time as ever, right?  After looking over Chandler's teeth, the dentist noticed a few things.  The reason his front teeth are discolored - they are dying?  I guess sometime or another he's hit them hard enough that he killed them.  They could get worse, even black, or just stay slightly discolored.  He also noted that Chandler has a lot of white deposits on his teeth which are basically where his enamel is really weak.  And the best part, he had two cavities, one which was really big.  At this point, I'm a little miffed that he has inherited my teeth.  Of ALL things, that is the one thing I wanted him to get from his dad.  Marshall has perfect teeth, a little too perfect.  He's never had braces and never had a cavity.  Crazy, huh?  Me on the other hand - I think every tooth in my mouth is filled, and I was a prisoner to braces for 3 1/2 years.  Not to mention the Mr. Ed horse headgear I had to wear for a year, and the fact that I am missing 5 of my permanent teeth.  That's right - I'm missing all 4 of my wisdom teeth and a tooth on my bottom left side, where I've had an implant done.  Guess it is hereditary but can't figure out who I inherited it from?
We made an appointment to get Chandler's teeth filled.  The catch - the dentist needed Chan to be still for about 15 minutes, and there was no way a wiggly 3 year old was going to do that. The dr. suggested a mild sedative which would make him groggy but wouldn't knock him out.   It would also erase his memory.  After leaving, I felt really apprehensive about sedating Chan, but knew that he needed the cavities filled.  After finding out the sedative was called Versed, I decided to do a little research on my own. A friend on Chandler's playgroup board posted some information on how respiratory issues can come from Versed.  After weighing the pros and cons, we decided to go ahead and do it.  The ped dentist was great.  He kept telling Chandler what he was doing, and then would give him a sticker for doing a good job.  I think we came home with over 10 stickers.  They started monitoring his heart and pulse.  The dentist heard Chan cough once and said he wouldn't do the sedative if he was sick.  This is one place where respiratory issues can come in.  After listening to him for a few minutes, he said his lungs sounded perfect and asked me again if he'd been sick.  They proceeded to give him the sedative and he calmed right down.  They also gave him some laughing gas and started.  He was really calm for the most part and didn't squirm much.  He was also pretty happy to be watching Kung Fu Panda.  While he was numbing the one side of Chandler's mouth, he showed me just how deep and huge the one cavity was.  I couldn't believe it hadn't been causing Chan tons of pain.  He said it was bad enough they could do a root canal, but he wanted to stay away from that if he could.  Every couple minutes he kept listening to Chan's lungs, and they started to sound a little wheezy.  He got finished up and then proceeded to give him something else, should have asked the name to help reverse the effects of the Versed and wake him up.  When he started to get more with it he kept saying, "The Dentist is so fun!  It's fun - right!"  
He's been watching tv ever since we've been home and everytime he tries to get up, he about falls over.  He's also crazy moody.  Like kicking and screaming one minute, and then saying hi mama! the next minute(Yet other side effects of the Versed.)  I think I will try to put him down for a nap in a bit.  I took these two movies after we got done.  I wish I had gotten one when he kept saying the dentist was fun :)
Overall he was such a trooper and a good boy!


10 comments:

Avry and Justin said...

Aww he looks really pale. sounds like he just needs lots of TLC until he is back to normal.

Sara Birch said...

Poor little guy! Hope he gets feeling better soon. Man, that makes me wonder if I should get Carson into the dentist. I was going to see if you wanted to get together tomorrow, as I should be getting my new scents :), but sounds like Chan might need some time to recover.

The Fantasias said...

Poor Chan.

I am hoping the boys get my teeth. Dev's whole family had braces and he's had plenty of cavities. I am like Marshall, no cavities, no braces. (Well, I currently have invisalign for the bottoms but I wanted it so they don't start to crowd even thought they are mostly straight. Whatever.) :o)

I think you've inspired me to get Dean's teeth checked sometime soon.

Jeralee said...

I think it was smart of you to go ahead and get it filled. It is always hard to see your kids go under, that is for sure!

My kids luckily have good enamel and haven't had any cavities. Now the overcrowding thing... Yeah, you know all about that. We are just waiting for Moura's 12 year molars to come in and the braces will go back on.

Horse headgear... LOL Like a bridle. both Moura and I have felt your pain. he he...

Johnson Family said...

So not fun, but I bet you are glad it's over!!

Camille said...

Poor guy! Yikes! Darn it that he got your teeth huh? Maybe there is still hope for Rowan?

Mr. Ed headgear.... ha ha... I remember it well.

Carter Family said...

Yeah, I hate all dentists except one, and that's because I kinda have to:) Just kidding. They really do have great techniques for dealing with kids. I'm sure the doc sent you home with all kinds of tips and cleaning checks to do, eh? Hey, if you ever have any questions, Bryce'll be more than happy to answer them! In the mean time, feel better little buddy! You did great, especially for you first visit!

Amy

Abs said...

Someday I hope you get to talk to my husband about giving kids sedatives. He has been doing pediatric anesthsia the last month and he comes home with some pretty funny stories about drugged up kids. Sounds like Chandler would be one of them. It stinks that he has junky teeth.

Monthigos said...

It is hard to see the kids with teeth trouble. I haven't had teeth problems in such a long time and Nadia struggles. She inherited her mother's teeth.

SARAH said...

Yes, I am missing many teeth too and wonder whose Preston's teeth he will inherit.
Poor little Chandler. I feel sorry for the dying teeth. My front tooth is dead too from the cheer days. I got hit with an elbow and goobye front tooth. Anyway wanted to leave a note since I am just browsing today while at work.