And so last Saturday, we brought Joey back for her second dental appointment because there was some procedure that had to be done to her molars. Basically, her molars are not too good, and are likely to be decayed before it's time for the adult molars to be grown (Dentist said that usually happens when the kid is between 10-12 years old). As she still has another 3-5 years to go, the dentist recommended that a protective crown be put over her molars to protect them so that they can last till then. This procedure is a rather simple and straightforward one, if not for the fact that local anaesthesia would be required on the gums.
I was very nervous for Joey. I didn't know how she would react to the injection. I don't know whether she would jump off the dentist chair and demanded to be taken away without going through the procedure. I could only put my trust in the very kind dentist who is very experienced in dealing with kids. I decided that I would not prepare Joey mentally for what was to come, and prayed hard that she would be able to go through it nevertheless.
Thankfully, the procedure was not as bad as I thought. In fact, it went so well and smoothly that I almost knocked myself for feeling so nervous. The dentist tried to work on the teeth without any anaesthesia at first, but because at some points, Joey complained that she could feel some pain, he decided to inject anyway. Some numbing gel was first applied on her gums, then the dentist told Joey that he was going to let the gums 'go to sleep' so that he could work on them. But because he was going to get the gums to fall asleep, he needed Joey to close her eyes so that the gums would think that she is falling asleep. Haha that was ingenious! After Joey's eyes were closed, he took out the SUPER LONG AND THICK stainless steel tube and started injecting into her gums. Apparently, she could feel nothing at all because she didn't finch at all! She only told the dentist after the injection that the left side of her mouth felt 'weird' - as if there was a big cotton wool stuck inside her mouth. That's how a kid describes the feeling of numbness. =) I sighed a big heave of relief. As the dentist worked on her molar for the next 20 minutes, Joey was kept entertained by the cartoons on the LCD screen on the ceiling. Nice.
Till today, Joey still does not know that she has gone through an injection, so please don't mention that to her if you happen to see her. =)
Of course, for such a brave girl who went through such a nerve-wreaking procedure, some forms of rewards are in order. We hopped over to the nearby Udders' Ice-cream outlet and had a feast of ice-cream!!!
I've always loved Udders, though I do think it's a little too overpriced. But some of their connoisseur ice-cream flavours are really too good. My girls were very excited, of course. They absolutely adore ice-cream, and can eat it all day long.
This was definitely one of our must-choose! So yummy and satisfying!
Love the setup of Udders too. =)
While waiting for our ice-cream to be served, the girls doodled on the wall with the given markers. =) Every ice-cream shop has this kind of doodle thing going on. Ice-cream lovers love to doodle?!
We ordered Chocolatey Kit Kat, Strawberry Fields, Mao Shan Wang and Lychee Martini (not in picture). No joke, all of them were super yummy. Super.
Pardon Brave Girl Joey for covering her cheeks - The anaesthesia on her left gum had not worn off, and she's very conscious about how swollen it looked. Plus, she could not move the muscles on that area at all when she smiles, so it made her feel very awkward. To protect her image, I shall not post any of her smiling photos here. =)
We had such a great time digging in to our ice-cream. Love simple family time like this. =D