Eloise had a baby tooth pulled today. She’s getting ready for braces next month and this tooth was in the way. Do you have a child with a small mouth and rows of teeth now that their permanent teeth are arriving.
Yeah, I’ve got two of those plus and third with what’s sure to be the same issue once that first baby tooth falls out.
Anyway, even though my girls have some wickedly scary crooked teeth they are cavity and otherwise issue free. So they’ve never heard the words “Novocain, laughing gas, extraction, and holy hell I have uncontrolled drooling!”
I prepared Eloise for her appointment this morning – how she would get some awesome laughing gas, some shots of Novocain and then the dentist would yank that sucker out quickly. I’m not one to sugarcoat things. I had many teeth pulled when I was getting prepped for braces so I was kind of a laughing gas junkie back in the late 70′s. I remember one time when I was about 11 I was in for my fix and when the dentist asked me how I was feeling I said “my race car is totally kicking ass right now – like I could beat anybody” and then I proceeded to move the armrest up and down like I was shifting my car. I remember my dentist telling me that maybe it was a good time to reduce my dose. Damn. I had that race in the bag!
When we arrived at the appointment Eloise told me to just stay in the waiting room because she could handle it all by herself. She emerged a short time later missing a tooth and saying she didn’t even know it happened and was a piece of cake.
That’s funny because I remember crying like a baby.
When did nine become so big. So brave.
Love this girl – so it’s cereal for dinner for her..with maybe a little milk dripping down her chin on one side.