I certainly didn’t think I would have trouble at the dentist on Tuesday, but alas I did. Kira starts kindergarten this year and we needed to get the dentist to sign off on her dental form. A cleaning and X-rays…that’s it…so I thought.
Kira was fine when I told her where we were going. It’s not like it was the first time going to the dentist. She is five and has already had 3 cleanings, so I didn’t think we would have any problems. I was WRONG!
We drove an hour down to Fresno (since our insurance has changed since our last visit we had to find a new dentist). Kira and I talked and laughed all the way down the hill. When we pulled into the parking lot, Kira was all smiles. She was excited to see this new building. She held my hand as we walked swiftly through the maze-like path to the office. Kira even said she liked the “maze.” We walked into the office and we were immediately greeted with smiles. I think panic started to set in…Kira began to hide behind my legs. This behavior is fairly typical, so I wasn’t too concerned.
Kira spotted the treasure chest and asked me what that was for. I explained that the children who did well during their cleanings could choose a toy. She perked up and seemed excited.
When they called Kira’s name, we both walked back to the exam room. I helped Kira into the chair and this is when things went down hill FAST! Kira spotted all of the cleaning and exam tools on the tray and said, “I don’t want you to use those pointy things!” (The pointy thing that she notice was the tool the dentist uses to count the teeth.)
The hygienist explained what each tool was for…and she was super sweet and kind to Kira. However, that didn’t matter to Kira. She wasn’t going to open her mouth for anyone! We tried having Kira sit in my lap…NO GOOD! We tried being tough and I left the room…NOPE! We tried being silly…NOT WORKING! We even tried bribery…SHE DIDN’T TAKE THE BAIT! The dentist even came in and spoke with her. After 45 minutes of trying to convince Kira, it was a NO GO!
We left the dentist without Kira’s kindergarten paper signed. UGH!
Kira has never had a bad experience at the dentist, so I am unsure why the change in behavior. The only thing I can think of is the last few months she has been weary of anything medical (which is strange because she loves pretending to be Doc McStuffins). When I took her to the doctor for her kindergarten checkup she completely freaked out about the needles and almost passed out on the table. Her doctor told me Kira has a fear of needles (trypanophobia).
I decided that we would try one more time before school starts. So on Monday the dentist will see Logan, Kira and me. Maybe if she sees how easy the cleanings are for us she will be more apt to comply?