that wasn't even CLOSE to as awful as i thought it would be.
actually, the dentists' office was a disney-themed visual stimulation extravaganza. WOW. we're talking walls painted in shades of ocean, seaweed, and coral, a house decorated with fish, a six-person x-box station (with a finding nemo game), and oodles of stuffed animals and trinkets from every major disney cartoon. and i haven't even mentioned the tv playing bolt.
when they took us back i expected to see a fairly usual row of chairs and trays of horrifying tools. instead, there were MORE characters!! and three fish tanks!! and a race car video game! and stuffed toys hanging from the ceiling above the chairs. and a basket of prizes. and really, really nice people.
the hygenist invited me to sit in the chair and hold punkin while she brushed his teeth with flouride. he clamped down on the brush, per usual, but eventually she got the job done. she then let us know that we could sit and wait for the doctor or walk around. i know, i know. no sitting required? at a medical office? is this an ALTERNATE UNIVERSE?
when the dentist came over, he took punkin's health history and then quickly looked inside his mouth as best he was able. he said we need to work on brushing more, but he otherwise looks healthy. he wants to see him again in 6 months.
and so, a much anticipated first trip to the dentist ended in a rather anti-climactic fashion. rock on.