Took Little Man to the dentist three days ago to have some work done that required laughing gas. After initial terror at the thought of having to be gassed, (see my previous post: https://mariner2mother.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/when-emotions-run-high/) Little Man calmed down when the reality was explained by his dentist.
Things didn’t start well by having us wait an extra half hour in a crowded waiting room. And seeing the same dental assistant didn’t thrill me either. But, in we went at last. And the dentist went to work. The first part of the work didn’t require laughing gas, so Little Man just layed there and tolerated what was being done.
Finally, the moment for the gas came. Little Man was a little bit nervous, but allowed them to put the rubber gas dispenser over his nose. Once he took a few breaths, he was just fine. In fact, when the dentist had to take a short break to go tend to another patient, Little Man talked about how he felt like he could fly. Here’s a short video
The rest of the visit went pretty well. When all the Novocaine and gas wore off… well, let’s just say that it’s an adjustment to wear a spacer in your mouth, not unlike having braces tightened (in addition to having had a tooth pulled, wearing a spacer puts pressure on other teeth). Putting the ibuprofen to him has helped. And now that it’s been a few days, this kiddo with sensory challenges is actually adjusting.