I wanted to share my experience as a mother when your child has to have teeth removed because I now understand how it feels to go through a hundred different emotions and blame yourself. I want to remain anonymous to protect my identity and that of my boys but I will be able to read and reply to any comments.
In the past 2 days both my darling sons had to go to the dental hospital to have teeth removed. I prepared them as much as I could, telling them what would happen and how they would feel afterwards.
This was the most stressful days of my life as I have never seen or experienced anyone’s children being put to sleep under gas.
My first little boy was a bit older and wiser shall I say, he was alright sitting on the dentist chair, but once the gas started going through the mask, he started crying. Once he started to relax, you could see him mouthing “I don’t like it”, although the words weren’t coming out.
It was traumatic watching them have teeth removed
The time of this procedure was 15-20 minutes and he wasn’t too bad once he came round, he wasn’t in much pain as they had given him an Ibuprofen pessary. We were advised to give call an hour after we got home, which we did and he didn’t need anything else till bed time. About a couple of hours after coming home, he started to become himself again.
48 hrs later I was back with my youngest son, this time I knew what to expect while he was going under, except he was different altogether, he lay on the bed took the mask and held it himself, just laid there taking everything in his stride, except when he came to the relaxation funny sensation, he started to try and fight and take the mask away, we managed to get him relaxed to finish this.
This time, he was away for about 20 minutes, I was tapping my fingers off the chair, looking at the clock. Finally, they came to get me, he was in a dazed state, ripped his cannula out of his hand, his mouth looked like the bleeding wasn’t going to stop.
Again was advised the same, that he had been given an Ibrufen pessary and to give Calpol after an hour of leaving the hospital, except this time all he wanted to do was lie on the couch, not move and couldn’t be bothered doing anything.
It’s so difficult watching your child suffer
The purpose of this blog post is although we hear mums saying that their children are having to go for an operation, whether it’s an hour long or for 5 hours long, it’s a traumatic experience for both the child and the mother.
It’s so difficult to watch your child going under anaesthetic, fighting it, crying because they don’t want it and mothers feel guilty about it, especially when they have to have teeth removed because you blame yourself.
I struggled emotionally seeing my little one lying there in a daze, with an oxygen mask over his face and a cannula in his hand while you’re saying to yourself what have I done?
To some up this, my heart goes out there to the mothers that have to experience this every so often because I didn’t realise how many emotions a mother went through watching your child have an operation into until my sons had to have teeth removed.