Trouble with testing

by Tracy
(Oregon)

My Daughter so far has been diagnosed with anxiety and has a lot of sensory issues. Her new psych wants to do some lab work and possibly neurological testing, but how will this be possible? She is 8 and I can't get her to sit in a dentist chair even with oral sedation. She will not cooperate and will have to be restrained. My question is, will this even be worth it or possible for that matter due to her high level of fear and defiance.

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Oct 16, 2010
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I'll be there
by: Anonymous

I'll be in your shoes in three years. Many anti-anxiety medications have a paradoxical or opposite effect on children. We gave my daughter ativan prior to a dental procedure and she acted drunk and hyper. It was awful. Other doctors wanted to do tests and wondered why we didn't continue when she got to the severely anxious stage...but we thought it was better to bring her to a safe place than to fight through a sleep study or EEG that would be worthless information.
There is no easy answer. We did do chloral hydrate for extensive dental work, with nitrous, and she gagged through the whole horrible thing. See, her gagging is real, I wanted to tell another dentist who told me she was faking "to get attention"! We did not have her treated by that horrible person but finally found a kind, caring dentist who treated my daughter's problems. My daughter did not remember the ordeal (because of the chloral hydrate) and we are so glad she didn't.
Post here if you have ideas. You are not alone.

Sep 18, 2010
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Ask her Dr....
by: Anonymous

if you could give her an anti-anxiety pill before the test.
Kim

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