This might not be a beautiful sight to you, but to me it's gorgeous! Riley has been to the dentist exactly twice. The first time it was a bloodbath. I had to physically restrain her, as she screamed her head off during her cleaning. Seth was three and he cowered in the corner, crying, terrified. I could not help him.
She had another cleaning a year ago, and did not scream, but she held fast to the armrests of the chair, and whimpered the whole way through. Imagine the sensory bombardment?
Riley has a severe overbite. Ideally she should get orthodontia, but I'm not certain she can tolerate it sensory wise. Yesterday was our first trip to the orthodontist and the photo you see above required them putting plastic lip gripping utensils in her mouth to pull it wide open. She was pretty scared, and had a couple of moments, but the doctor was so warm, and patient and understanding. Riley is getting so much better at expressing herself. Instead of screaming her head off, she cried,
"Are you going to hurt me? Are you going to hurt me?"
Because she was able to ask him this, he was able to then reassure her. Non-verbal kids on the spectrum, I love you so much and my heart goes out to you and your parents.
The Dr. and I agree that orthodontia is not possible for Riley, emotionally speaking, for another couple of years. Until then, we'll keep visiting him, building trust, seeing what happens.
My girl got her x-rays and dealt with the plastic thing-a-ma-bobs. She is so brave.