On 20170914, we thought that we could have Little Prince’s infected teeth being extracted. However, the pediatric dentist working in the university had to perform a surgery, hence she would not come to the clinic.
He could not eat and sleep well since last week and everyday seemed to be worse even though I had given him ibuprofen and clarithromycin, as prescribed by the dentist.
On 20180627, Little Prince had his first molar tooth (tooth 74) extracted and I am very proud of him being able to stay still for over an hour. We came early; Little Prince gave the dentist and nurse Angie drawings (I wish I would be able to bring him to learn drawing). The dentist was friendly and patient, but she had a difficulty extracting his tooth due to unfinished root canal treatment performed on tooth 74 (we had to leave the country where I work in a rush due to the demise of Little Prince’s maternal grandfather). I was unsure if her hands were shaking while holding the saliva suctioner, but I witnessed how they tried using multiple tools to extract the root of his tooth 74.
Some ideas to prepare our children for the tooth extraction:
- affirm that “the Universe is working to heal me.”
- pray to St Apollonia for comfort, intercession, and safe dental procedures.
- schedule our appointment early, especially when the dentist just starts his/her shift.
- watch an animation (in youtube) about the tooth pulling process.
- draw/write a Thank You note for the dentist.
- keep calm ourselves.
- tell him that he will get his rewards  for being brave, calm, and stationary.
- play dentist. Before a big procedure, ask for some masks and gloves to play dentist.
- bring a comfort object .
- visualize happy things .
- give our children some control for a sense of independence. I encourage Little Prince to wear his sunglasses serving dual purposes: protecting his eyes from the bright light/any possible splash and increasing his self-confident (he looks handsome and stylish with sunglasses!)
- increase immune response .
 On 20170916, he looked forward to drinking camel milk.
 In summer 2017, I asked Little Prince’s father to bring a comfort object (e.g. building blocks that he used to build an aeroplane) to the dentist’s chair.
 I told Little Prince that I imagined visiting a beautiful place with meadows (perhaps somewhere in Switzerland) when I was a little girl at the dentist’s chair. Years later, I have visited Switzerland thrice as of summer 2010.
 On 20170916, I gave him freshly pumped mother’s milk and freshly squeezed orange juice to increase his immunity.