Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Dentists Suck!

I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do.

My daughter has a hole in her lower back molar. Actually she also has a smaller hole in her top molar. Same side. I took her to the dentist. He asked her 'Would you like me to fix it' and she said 'No', so he said 'Okay. Here's the number to a dentist who uses the gas'. What the? Since when does a 6 year old call the shots?

So I make an appointment with the Dentist with the Gas (har de har). When we get there it appears that they didn't book me into the room with the gas. Grrr! This time she got as far as having had the needle. Yes folks. She Had the needle but then refused to let the Dentist drill. *sigh*

So our third attempt was today. The above dentist palmed us off to the local Dental Clinic at the Hospital. 'Oh she'll be fine' says the receptionist, 'Our staff are very experienced with young, problematic children'. Hmmm, yeah right I think to myself. You haven't experienced MY daughter. So I give them the benefit of the doubt. As expected they re-emerge 15 minutes later. My daughter crying and my husband shooting daggers. Honestly, I just wanted the ground to swallow me up.

Once more nothing got done. We have one more appointment with Dentist #2. The one with the Gas. Hopefully they'll use it this time. If that doesn't go to plan then we have to put her under a general anesthetic.

Meanwhile my husband is so damn cranky with her she's been grounded for the week. Poor kid. While I don't totally agree with her punishment, I really am at a loss as to what to do next.

Now. I have a mouth full of fillings. I don't EVER recall going to the dentist and coming away without having had a procedure that I'd been booked in for. I can't EVER recall refusing to have something done and getting away with it. I do recall doing that at the local GP's when I had to get a needle. But I still ended up getting it. I think they sat on me LOL!

The thing is she's now had three positive results from her carry-on. How on earth are we ever going to get her the proper treatment she requires if everyone throws up their hands at the first sign of tears?

I'm on the verge of saying 'Stuff it. Let the tooth rot out of your head'. But I know I won't do that. I'll keep plugging away. Taking her out of school, wasting our time and the Dentists...

Lord knows how much money this is going to cost me.

Keep writing ladies. I'm going to need the covers.


Amarinda Jones said...

I cannot imagine even suggesting to my mother I would not have a filling done...or having braces. My mother was not stern but I knew some things were negotiable...good luck...

Amarinda Jones said...

..crap...not should be 'not negotiable' - 5am in the morning with sinus and I make less sense than normal...who knew that was possible?

barbara huffert said...

Jeez if I'd tried to pull that I wouldn't be here today. And like you I have a mouth full of fillings. Of course I did bite the dentist once. But that wasn't until I was 25. I warned him if he hurt me I would hurt him. Silly man, didn't believe me. My replacement dentist took that promise very seriously and has never tested me.

Going off to write now.

LynTaylor said...

LOL! Yeah. Like I said. I don't know what to do. If she refuses again it's a 3 month wait to book her into the hospital. Of which my husband insists the poor child won't leave her bedroom :( I don't think I could handle it. Let alone her LOL!