Today was dentist day :( Never a fun day! But, Max was a super trooper. Our first trip to the dentist with Max when we brought him home was......tough, lets just leave it at that. We took a month break. Did a lot of "practicing" at home with dental tools we bought at the store, and headed back for a cleaning about three weeks ago. That visit went a TON smoother, and Max was such a big boy!!! Along the way, they discovered two cavities that needed to be filled. With Max's history of not enjoying the dentist (understatement of the year!!!) we wanted to approach it carefully to say the least. Yesterday afternoon we headed out for a consultation, where the dentist showed Max all her tools and walked him through what would happen today. We decided to have only one of the cavities filled today, the "easy" one, and use it as a little test to see how he'd do. Well....the little rock star passed with flying colors!!!
They gave us a brochure to take home about the nitrous, and Max was most nervous about that part. I don't think he liked the idea of having the tubing strapped to his face. But, he and Daddy had a long convo about it and looked through the pictures...and he was ready this morning. A couple of deep breaths of that stuff and he had no cares in the world!!! He was so silly....he just kept giggling! After about 5 minutes in the chair, breathing in the happy juice, the dentist came in and got to work. She explained everything she was going to do before she did it, but I don't think Max heard a word of it, he just kept giggling!!!! Afterward, they had him breath fresh air for a few minutes while he enjoyed a sucker. I was soooooo proud of him. I can't believe how far he's come with his fear! I planted a big smooch on his cheek....and noticed when we got home that my lip gloss left a big 'ole mark! That's what mom's are for right?!?!?!?!
So, three weeks from now, we'll head in and have the second cavity filled. This one is a little deeper, and will take longer to fill. But, I really think he'll do just fine. Max knows exactly what to expect, and even just talking with him this afternoon, he had such a pleasant experience today, he has no reservations at all!!!