We went to the dentist yesterday for his first special needs "fun" visit to attempt to take the trauma out of the obviously upsetting experience for Erik. We arrived before any other patients and met Erik's hygienist. We were able to get him to sit in the chair briefly and showed him the equipment used to clean teeth once again. The hygienist spent a lot of time polishing my hand with her tools to demonstrate the process to Erik. We spent a total of approximately 20 minutes there, and she was able to get Erik's jaws to open just enough to brush one of Erik's teeth with berry-flavored fluoride. We were provided a toothbrush and a toy with wheels before I took Erik back out to the waiting room to allow him to spin the brightly-colored wheels on the wooden play structure for a few minutes. We go back yet again in two more weeks.
I guess we'll get his teeth clean after all. One at a time.
Labels: dentist, Williams syndrome