It was just a check-up and cleaning, so much less stressful than the last appointment. We're feeling like we've got it down to a science now, with the following being must-haves in order for us to have success:
1) An aquarium in the waiting room
2) Baby Mozart to watch during the appointment
3) Chocolate toothpaste
Things that the dental hygienist/dentist think are helpful but are not:
1) Wearing sunglasses. They bug her more than the light in her eyes. And they make for a different visual experience vis-a-vis Baby Mozart, which we cannot abide.
2) Explaining every move that they make, and using cutesy euphemisms as in: "We've got to get in there with the floss and get all the Sugar Bugs out", or calling the scary-as-hell suction thingy "Mr. Thirsty".3) The rewards at the end, which include nothing that she cares about: stickers, a princess toothbrush, and picking a prize out of a bin filled with crap that doesn't play music or light up.
It's a wrap. Now mama needs to go home and take care of Mrs. Thirsty.