Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Dentist: Take 3 = Success!

This morning we took Lilypad Princess to the dentist one more time. Today we visited a pediatric dentist instead of just taking her to ours to see if she would be more comfortable. She had lots of fun playing with all the toys in the waiting room before we were called, so she was already more comfortable than the last two attempts.

When we walked in to the room she was very excited to see a chair that was just her size. She climbed right up and made herself comfortable.
In the Dentist Chair
She didn't like the covers on the arms of the chair, so she kept pulling them off. Then she told us about all the animals that were brushing their teeth in the pictures around the room. She got up for a minute to check out the little mouse in the corner, but then she realized that there was a tv above the chair. She settled back for a moment to check out the cartoons.
In the Dentist Chair
She was happy to open her mouth and let the dentist take a look, but wasn't too happy when the dentist started wiping her back teeth with gauze to try to figure out what the bright green stuff in her teeth was (it turns out she ate a crayon just before we left the house!). She let the dentist count her teeth using the mirror, but wasn't very happy when she saw the sharp object she picked up next.
Not so sure about this
(Notice Bear is in her hands, he made everything much easier to handle)
She needed a little hand-holding and there were a few tears during the probe exam, and in the beginning of the polishing. She sat up between each one asking if it was all done now. But once she realized the spinning brush tickled, she let the dentist finish without a fight. I think she also liked the watermelon toothpaste that she chose.
Teeth cleaning
After the polishing was over the dentist used a new Dora toothbrush to apply the foam flouride, which Lilypad Princess got to bring home, and then flossed her teeth. LP was very good for that part, she sat up, kept her mouth wide open for the dentist, and didn't even need to have her hands held. I think she liked the fact that the Dr. Waldman is much faster at flossing than I am.
Once everything was all done, she was given her choice of stickers and was allowed to choose a prize from the treasure chest. After alot of consideration and thought, Lilypad Princess became the proud owner of a mini-slinky. She has talked about her "spring" all day.
Treasure Chest

6 comments:

We are THAT Family said...

What a brave girl. It's a big deal and you know what, my 8 & 5 yr olds still get really nervous! Heck, so do I.

Carolyn said...

We are so proud of you Princess! What a big girl you are to be so good at the dentist.
And praises to Mommy and Daddy too for taking such good care of you so "No Cavities!"

Buby & Co. said...

You'll have to give me the name of this dentist. Did they take insurance? They did a lot more with her than they did with Buby at his first appt and it sounds like a fun place. Great job, LP!!! We're proud of you. The chair pictures are adorable.

Jumpin J's Mom said...

Good job LP!!!

Jayme said...

What a good girl she was!

Barefoot Princess & Family said...

Hooray LP. Good Job. You were so brave. I will have to get the name of the dentist you saw. BP is going to need special treatment too.