Sometimes Mommies Aren’t That Bright

Okay. I admit it. Sometimes, and I mean “sometimes”, I am not as brilliant as I make myself out to be. I try to be a good mom and I try to make good decisions but sometimes my thinking cap is either askew or missing altogether.

Today I took my son in for his first dental filling. We go to this neat Pediatric dental office that has all sorts of movie memorabilia. They play movies, they play games.. the dental hygienists and assistants are all super fun and the kids, mine included, just love going there. Of course, we usually go there for cleanings only so going in for a filling is a little bit different, but they still make it fun.

Right before the procedure. I chose to explain what was going to happen before the filling. Okay. Big mistake. As soon as my son realized he was going to get a shot, in his mouth no less, he immediately started to cry. He is 9 ½ and I really felt I was doing the right thing by explaining what was about to happen.

I didn’t realize how off I was until the assistant said “we just need to give you some juice”
and here I called it a shot. He was visibly upset so they offered a “happy nose” which is filled with some sort of medication to relax you, but he is nearly 10 years old and surely did not want to be caught wearing a funny nose so he toughed it out.

In the end, he was fine of course and didn’t feel a thing but I felt horrible! I never had “happy noses” when I went to the dentist as a kid and I always hated when they never explained anything to me before doing something. Needless to say, I will not be making the same mistake with my other kid should she ever need more than a cleaning.

Hope I did not scar him for life.


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