Letter from Shawforth:a father’s thoughts

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Family, Uncategorized
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There comes a point in a child’s life when a situation arises to which they will want to shy away from; saying that this also goes for adults too: and today is one of those such occasions for my daughter.

For some time now my thirteen year old daughter has been aware she requires an orthodontic brace, and to facilitate the fitting of the brace she will require some teeth out.

Despite having been brought up going to the dentists twice a year with the family for check ups, she is none the happier with the thought of having the extractions. The very thought of blood, and losing the teeth (even though she is not concerned about the brace) has been quite traumatic for her. So because of this worry, it has been possible to organise for her to have them out under sedation, administered by an anaesthetist at the University Dental Hospital in town. A full general anaesthetic is in this instance a little over the top as the teeth appear not too awkward on the x-ray.

Despite knowing the team who involved with the extractions and familiar with the technique used, I am still nervous for her.

I have her iPod and her favourite “Ted”, and not bothered that she is thirteen and wanting a “Ted” because I know it will help her get through this ordeal. An ordeal for her as much as it is for many children: so parents if they want their favourite “Ted” let them have it.

So it is with great in-trepidation I set off to pick her up from school to take to town. I just hope I hide my anxieties better than she, as I don’t want to put her off.

  1. mamadestroy says:

    Good luck to your daughter! I’m sure she’ll be fine.

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