Monday, May 11, 2009

Kate Goes to the Dentist...again

I have to take Katie-bug to the U of M dental clinic today. We have tried to get her teeth checked at our dentist and also at a pediatric dentist to no avail. She got so hysterical that they couldn't do anything. However, the pediatric dentist could see NINE cavities just by looking into Kate's screaming-open-mouth. She has a classic case of 'bottle rot' from being put to bed with a bottle when she lived in China. Even I can see all the dark holes in her teeth. Ugh...poor baby.

When she was in the hospital, I talked to one of the cardiologists about it and was told that Kate needs to be put under anesthesia to have the work done. The sheer amount of work needing to be done would cause too much trauma to her, so it would be best to be 'put out' for the whole thing. They did not want her to have this done at a dental office--but rather to be at the hospital because of the risk to her heart each time she goes under anesthesia. The doctor said, "That way, if anything should happen, she will be right here and we will be able to handle it."

So...today we are going to try to get a look inside that little mouth. I am taking SaraGrace along and will ask the dentist to pretend to look inside SaraGrace's mouth first. Hopefully, Kate will be less afraid that way. The two times we took her to a dentist, she freaked out the minute they called her back to a room. They learn so fast how to be afraid. :(

Truth be told, I think going to the dentist is right up there with a colonoscopy. Could they make it any less dreadful? I mean, really, couldn't they come up with a less nerve-grating sound then the high pitched whining of the drill? I get the shivers just thinking about it. And I also fail to understand how the entire side of my face can be sliding off my body but the nerves just inside my tooth are not fully deadened. I tried the happy gas one time, but it just made me dizzy, which is too bad because I was going to request that at the gynecologist if it had worked. Years ago, one of my kids' dentists claimed that the gas didn't stop the pain but it made you 'not care about it anymore.' Yeah. Right.

Sorry--no pics of Mother's Day yesterday because we didn't have time before church. Afterwards I had to run an errand and Jeff had the little kids all tucked into bed for their naps when I got home. I just HAD to get out of that uncomfortable dress, so no pictures this year! My sweet husband got me another corsage this year, and yes, it was mangled by the time church was over, but it is the thought that counts!

He had to leave for Boston late in the afternoon and this is how we all felt about saying good-bye to him again.

wah....

10 comments:

Jaime said...

what a sweet picutre.
and i am right there with you abutt he denstist! not only the noises of the drill, but there is a smell that all dentist offices have and it makes me ill. ugh! i can't stand the dentist.

Lori said...

Oh my stars, that picture makes me want to cry!!

Ugh...Lucy has a dark tooth in the back of her mouth also. We haven't attempted the dentist yet but I know we need to soon. I'm dreading it big time cause this chica hates going to the doctor of any kind!!

Drill in the mouth...shivers for sure. They can put a man on the moon but they can't put a silencer on those things?? Come on.

Kim K. said...

I'm teary-eyed seeing that picture too. That dentist appt doesn't sound like fun at all. Please let us know how it goes. I'll be thinking about you and Kate. Hugs!!

Cari Bacon said...

Thanks for the laughs and the adorable picture. I sure hope all goes well for little Kate and her teeth. My sister works at a dentist office and does their insurance billing. I've wondered how she can stand hearing the sound of drills every week!

trustandobey said...

Hi Karin,
I hope the dentist goes well. Kate had to go too. The ped dentist thought she would lose some teeth (of course the cavities were in the front 4 teeth) but it did not turn out that way. I was full of anxiety over the whole thing, but God handled it beautifully! We will be praying.
Lisa

Joyful Mom said...

Oh, been there, done that with Haven :) The hospital is the BEST thing for dentist-phobia! Definitely.

You are toooo funny, friend. I am so laughing about happy gas at the OBGYN. Hilarious. I am soooooo with you on that one. Oh the joys of being a woman.

That is such a sweet pic. Poor baby!

Holly said...

I am adding a link to your blog on mine. Please let me know if for any reason you would prefer that I remove it.
The Lord has put two very specific special needs on my heart...heart defects and hiv. My hubby and I are praying for clear diretion about adopting from China again one day after his deployment and I would love to follow some other families with "heart babies"
Oh how the Lord has blessed you!

mncfi said...

Our Ruby had the same thing going on with her teeth. She had 4 removed...they were too far gone, and 3 stainless steel crowns put on her back molars. It was amazing the difference it made for her. Her appetite picked up so much. By about 3 weeks after the dental work she was eating TWICE as much as she had been. And no more crying and fighting when we brushed her teeth. It must have hurt so much.

Karin said...

Fi...poor Ruby! Ugh!! Maybe we should tell Joyce to ask the foster mom's not to put the kids to bed with bottles...

Karin said...

Holly...thank you for wanting to link to my blog. I am honored!! How exciting that you hope to adopt a little one with hiv or a heart defect!