Seeking Advice on "Nursing" Caries
Sara's wrought with worry over a nursing caries situation. Any advice, please?!?
I'd like to ask if any Mama's have had to take a very young child to a pediatric dentist for extensive "nursing" caries. I saw one thread regarding the first dental visit, but it sounded as if those babies might have been much older than mine.
I co-sleep and night nurse my 12 month old son. Last month a very small pit, confirmed to be a cavity, developed in one of his upper front teeth. Over the last few weeks, while waiting to take him to the follow up exam, all four of his front upper teeth have become ravaged with decay. They are noticeably being eaten away. I am going crazy with worry over every aspect of this, the knee jerk "night nursing" diagnosis, the idea of him being strapped down to fill cavities, the idea that they might not even fill them or that it may be too late, the risks of general anesthesia, the cost, the slow referral/appointment/interview process in light of the very rapid decay. Not to mention the guilt. Or the numerous opportunities for emotional scarring. I am losing a lot of sleep, and can not seem to find much information. I plan to call the La Lecher League this week in hopes of finding a pediatric dentist who might be able to offer us options, or support, but if any of the Mama's have suffered through this and have any suggestions or referrals I would very much appreciate them.