My daughter, who will have just turned three by the time her appointment comes around (at the end of this month), has some bad teeth. Her front two teeth have been decaying for some time and we've finally been able to get her to the dentist. She HATED it. She's always hated people messing with her mouth and did not like getting her teeth cleaned at all. I think it scared her more than anything. But with her front teeth being as bad as they are, her dentist wants to put caps on them to keep them from decaying further and possibly progressing to the roots or even her permanent teeth. But they want to do it with a local anesthetic, which I just know she will freak out about through the whole procedure. I'm hoping we can convince them to sedate her, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
Basically, it has to be done to save her a lot of pain and problems later of the decay progresses to her gums or permanent teeth. But we're concerned that it may cause some lasting trauma and she will always have a negative experience when it comes to the dentist.
Has anyone else had to get caps for their small children? Were they old enough to be sedated? I not, how did that go? How do they feel about the dentist now?