I’m thinking I’ve made a mistake in who I took my six-year-old to see. When we went to the dentist and found out he had a cavity. The dentist offered to do it right then. My son seemed fine, so I thought it would be okay to go forward. My son got fidgety during the procedure and bit down, which meant the drill went through more material than it should. He cried out in pain and the dentist stood up and shouted at him. I had to get between him and the dentist because my son was terrified. The dentist stormed out of the room. They told me to bring him somewhere else and he’d likely need a crown now. I’m thinking if he were sleeping from sedation this wouldn’t have happened. Can you think of anything else I’m overlooking?
I am so sorry your poor son went through this. Please don’t blame yourself. This dentist handled this very poorly. It sounds like your son did fine with almost all of it and even got through the shots fine.
Truthfully, this dentist should have had some type of prop in your son’s mouth to keep him from biting down on the drill. I don’t know if he doesn’t work with children much, but any general dentist who regularly treats children would know how important that is.
Additionally, yelling at a child is never useful, especially when they’re injured.
How Dental Sedation Will Help
Now that the tooth is in even worse shape, you’ll want to make sure this gets treated soon. The last thing he needs is for this to blow up into a dental emergency.
He’s likely to be a tad scared of the dentist after this. For now, I’d find a pediatric dentist who is also a qualified and experienced sedation dentist. This way he can get the treatment he needs while he sleeps.
Preparing Your Son for a New Dentist
You’ll want to ease him into a new dentist after this sedation appointment so he won’t need to rely on dental sedation. I’d start with a visit where he just tours the office and meets the staff so he knows they are nicer than the last one. Be sure to let them know what happened at the last appointment so they’re prepared to overwhelm him with kindness.
Don’t blame yourself for what happened. The dentist was out of line.
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