Last week I shared the drama that ensued at Will’s very first dentist appointment. There was poop everywhere! This story is now filed away as Pigott folklore, to be brought out time and again when a good family story is needed. Ha!

The other part of that appointment, though, includes something more serious. Will chipped his front tooth a few months ago. We didn’t take him to see a dentist because a) it didn’t seem to bother him b) my dentist told me that if it’s not changing colour or has caused an abscess, it’s not something we should worry about. We decided to take him now because we noticed it start to change colour and could see it was not causing him some discomfort while eating (this was never the case before).

Amidst the chaos, crying, and screaming, the hygienist managed to grab a photo of Will’s tooth from the inside. What we saw made me cringe. His nerve is exposed, dead at this point, and he needs to have his tooth completely removed. The decision to remove the tooth was a no-brainer. But, it was how to remove it was what had me stressed for almost a week!

Our options included freezing with nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas), oral sedation using a medication called Midazolam, or NonTubal General Anesthesia. Anesthesia doesn’t sit well with me at all, but William isn’t easy to handle when he’s nervous and scared.

It took almost a week, but my husband and I decided on oral sedation.  Once he’s done, he’ll be down a tooth!

Have you had to take your child into the dentist for a tooth extraction or more? Did you opt for sedation? I’d love to hear your story! Share in the comments.

caroline-headshots_04Caroline is mom to two beautiful boys, wife to a wonderfully-supportive husband, and the owner of a successful social media management and content writing business called Flourish Marketing.