As a follow up to my post on the 18th February (that long ago??). I mentioned my eldest son was having to have an assessment about having two baby teeth out and we decided that he was to try a bit of happy gas to relax him enough to be able to proceed with the procedure.
Well he managed it and was extremely brave. I think it's us parents that worry the most. If you're anything like me, my boy doesn't give much away in that he doesn't express his feelings too well so I'm not sure if he is in pain anxious or unwell, I have to go on certain behaviour or by just knowing his little ways.
The dentist would only take one at a time so we had a week between appointments. Dad went with him on the first appointment, and he said he managed it all very well and the tooth literally came out in about 2 seconds. I took him on the second appointment and he went into room, dived on the chair and told ME exactly what they were going to do which such confidence and delight. I was amazed, he even unwrapped the little plastic mask and put it all together, the dentist checked it and then it was go and he started on the happy gas. The dentist and his assistant were absolutely brilliant, they asked him what he wanted to talk about and found subject and just chatted while the gas took effect. There was even a nice display projected on the ceiling to look at. The dentist explained everything he was going to do and by now he was quite used to my sons short attention span and laughed when my boy told him to just get on with it. I'm not sure how high his pain threshold is, must be quite high as he didn't seen to be phased by anything really. I suppose that's the magic of happy gas! A bit of a flinch at a some parts where it is a bit uncomfortable, at tugging stage but with the teeth being his first milk teeth they came out quickly.
It's been a week of teeth extraction fun, my youngest had an adult tooth removed for spacing and in preparation for a brace, he did so well and when I saw the size of the tooth that comes out, I thought 'ouch' that's got to have been uncomfortable. It's very weird having a numb mouth isn't it? I think the injection is always the worst part and I find it amusing when you get to the point of involuntary drooling. Always a good look that one, especially if you've got to go and buy some paracetamol for later after the anaesthetic has worn off and you try to talk to a supermarket checkout person. Pop a raincoat on love while I try to purchase this pain relief while spitting all over you. All good fun.
I would like to thank Lawrence and the staff at Long Eaton Health Centre Dental Department for looking after my son in such a lovely way and just having a great knowledge of how his autism does affect him. It is such a relief for me as a parent as we appreciate that level of care an attention, it just means a lot. They have said if he ever needs any more treatment they would happily help him again so a great experience for him there. I was so worried as my son has massive sensory issues so you just never know how something like this will go. It probably sounds a very small issue for some people but to our kids it's a big deal and when it goes well like this you feel like cheering and doing a happy dance. Instead we went to buy a couple of Thomas Mini Engines and a Thomas & Friends magazine for a treat. My son is till thinking what he wants as his treat! ha ha.
Thanks for reading and I'd like to think by passing this experience on it might give you a bit of hope that there are some good places to go and receive good treatment. If you have had a different experience or would like to pass on an equally good experiences please do let me know, just leave a comment below. I think it's good to pass on recommendations as it helps others to make decisions.
Take care for now and I will be back tomorrow for 'Pass the Remote'
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