My son needs a tooth out advice please


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my son has a bad tooth and it’s recently got a abscess. Took him to emergency dentist over the bank holiday weekend and was given antibiotics and told to go to my local dentist next week.
So took my son today hes only just turned 5 and he got the numbing jag and then had a meltdown. So the dentist refused to take it out and said he will get referred for general anaesthetic.
I have done a bit of reading today and theres just no way i am letting my boy go under general anaesthetic, i know the risks are low but someone has to make the statistics and it wont be my boy.
So what options are left ? What will happen if i just leave the tooth and he finishes his antibiotics?
Should i try a new dentist for the tooth out just with numbing?
Or is there other things i can get done ?
 
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MattKW

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  • Paediatric dentists (paedodontist) also employ specialist paediatric anaesthetists. Of working with paedontists for over 35 years, I have never heard of a mishap.
  • Antibiotics will only settle it for a while - don't keep giving repeated antibiotics or one day they won't work and you could have a real medical emergency on your hands and a child in extreme pain. You can't easily arrange an emergency GA for a child at an instant's notice.
  • You won't get a tooth out of a 5yo without numbing; they are by no means loose and can be surprisingly tough with a full set of roots.
 

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