Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Toothache? No its..............


And so to the next professional. I think the picture is a bit of a give away. And again sorry ladies couldn't find any sexy dentists! If you know one please send him over. I mean the picture!
When C turned 16 because he had not been near a toothbrush let alone a dentist, it was decided that he should have a general anesthetic so a dentist could have a good look at his teeth and do anything that needed doing.
This was not an easy decision because of the severity of his self injurious behaviour, I knew it would not be easy.
And it wasn't, I wont go into it as it was so distressing all round, but amazingly his teeth were fine!!! Maybe it was because he didn't like eating food!
When C was about 5, I noticed a red mark on his cheek. I didn't think to much of it because of his headbanging he was always covered in marks. But over the next few days his behaviour deteriorated. In my wisdom i thought it might be his teeth so i took him to the dentist. C wouldn't let the dentist anywhere near him. But he didn't have to as the dentist took one look at him and said that's not tooth ache its mumps!!!!

20 comments:

Elissa said...

I've been delaying the dentist for as long as I can with my son - not good I know, but I'm terrified of what he might do to any unsuspecting 'tooth doctor' that comes near him. Your picture says it all - definitely not an appealing place to be sitting!
Thanks for sharing,
Elissa :-)

LAA and Family said...

We've been working up to cleanings at the dentist office slowly. I have a terrific dentist here in my town. For a couple years they let Samuel visit every 6 weeks. We started with the dentist reading a book to Samuel in the chair! We, after many many visits, have worked up to him allowing them to brush his teeth with a toothbrush and he may let them look in his mouth for about 10 seconds. We go in for "cleanings" twice a year now.

We're facing a root canal with Samuel in the coming month, the result of a falling accident. I'm sure I'll be posting about this.

Wow, how fortunate that your son's teeth were fine when they were checked out!

By the way, I like the acronym for your blog name!

Ashley's Mom said...

I searched for a long time to find a dentist that was comfortable with children with severe disabilities. Fortunately, I have found one. Even though visits for my Ashley (deafblind) are still traumatic, each one gets a little better than the last.

This dentist has even suggested braces for my Ashley, but now I can't find an orthodontist willing to take the time to understand what works best for her.

The search for appropriate medical professionals seems never ending to me at times.

Milla said...

the dentist just freaks me, pathetic, but it does. Up there with spiders. Your poor boy, so glad it was ok - does this have to happen every time??

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Thank you for being so sensitive! Dentist's aren't our favourite people at the moment. There is a centre up here which has different professions for children/young adults with autism, i.e. dentist, hair dresser, aromatherapy.

Crystal xx

LittleBrownDog said...

Gosh, Casdok - experiences like that show what a challenge everyday occurrences that most of us take for granted must be for you. I only have limited experience of autism - nephew and friend's son with Aspergers - how distressing must it be to see your son harming himself on a regular basis?

Casdok said...

Yes seeing my son hurt himself is the worst thing ever, especially when you are trying to help him.

Philip. said...

Is this all you women want, pictures of sexy professionals??? - LOL

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

youngest had to have teeth out under general aged 3. Eventaully after fighting like mad I was sent for to hold him im my arms whilst they knocked him out,he fought all teh way going under being under and comign out of it, The surgeon was very sweet said he was a born fighter nad good for him I htink the other parents of docile kids adn the nursing staff were horrified he may not be autistic but he was terrified so I can understand just where you are coming from !!

ps our french dentist is tres sexy and sadly for all his female patients camp as a row of boyscout tents but great with kids though!!!

Casdok said...

Philip, yes it seems that way!!!
Men are no different! :)

Elizabeth McClung said...

Actually, I know a dentist here that could help - I don't know if this will help you in future finding dentists but often needle phobics/dental phobics are enough of a market that there is usually a special clinic that caters to people with special needs. My dentist is the only one I know that will START with nitrous oxide, and that is before a tooth cleaning - they will use nitrous and then put you on an IV drip and put you out entirely if that is what you need (and to have someone like me who has a invasive body phobia as well - two hours for teeth cleaning is normal - and the gas) - I know this could work with someone with aspergers - but don't know if that would work in your situation - if you think it could adapt, try calling to see if any dentist knows of somewhere who specializes with phobics.

Justin said...

Dentists and mumps are awful within themselves, together, a crazier situation.

Hannah Velten said...

Dentist - ugh! Anyway on another tangent all together I have just realised (or rather, let it sink in) that C is 18 years old, which makes you look extremely young (that's a compliment in a round about way, by the way!)
Mootia x

Cait O'Connor said...

I've yet to meet a sexy dentist and I have known a few. I was a dental nurse in a past life and my husband is an ex dental technician.

dgibbs said...

Poor C. My sister had general anestesia for dental work and describes it as a near death experience. Not sure if it was really that bad, but it really freaked her out.

slouching mom said...

I'm so glad his teeth were fine!

Casdok said...

Thank you Mootia for the compliment! Thats actually why i chose that pic of me cos its a bit blurry!

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

What a huge relief it must have been finding out that C's teeth were ok even though it was a distressing day for you.

My son hates the dentist and I had to sit with him when he was younger whilst he had four teeth out . . . he also hates blood tests and all but passed out recently when he cut himself.

I don't know you and have only just met you in blog land and on Purplecoo - but can I offer you my profound respect.

ww

DJ Kirkby said...

oooh mumps is horrible but how amazing all these eyars later his teeth are still okay?! We've spent years having to use mild restraint to get N3S's teeth brushed(they are damaged from severe chicken pox and are very soft) and wondering what we would do as he got bigger and less restrainable but luckily he seems to be working hsi way through the sensory overload of toothbrushing. He now jiggles around in constant motion until I've finished, don't exepct we'll ever manage the reccomended 2 minutes of brushing!

merry weather said...

Your photo is charming Casdok - I love the light, you seem full of happiness!

Sexy dentists - yes, I've seen one or two but I think perhaps it's not a very sexy job - ? Well-paid though I'm sure...

Like your blog, thanks for visiting mine :)