I am taking my 3 year old dd to the dentist this afternoon. 6 months ago when we went it was traumatizing to everyone. She flipped out worse than I gave ever seen before with her. The brave dentist shoved his hand into her mouth to peek. I wanted to say that if she bit him, it wasn't my fault.
We have been practicing for two weeks, and I am taking her aba therapist with me (I had considered taking both, but thought it would be too much for my dd). If we aren't successful, her developmental pediatrician said he'd get with the pediatric dentist at our hospital to see about doing a once a year sedated exam on her. All her thorough eye exams have to be sedated too (she has some alignment issues with her eyes).
I wish that that this was easier for her. I hate seeing her so scared and upset and unable to understand. My dd is high functioning, and verbal, but I honestly believe that she is given too much credit in her abilities and understanding. She has been drilled to preform, and so she does, but left to her own natural self, it is a totally different kid. I hope that makes sense.