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The dentist strapped my child's hands to the chair (Bad dentist experiences) EDIT: He's in Michigan now.

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This is a S/O on the "natural dentistry" post.

I was remembering about the time I took my 4yod to a well-known and highly recommended pediatric dentist here in town.  He was supposed to be the BEST in town.

I trusted him and his clinic when they said I could not go back to the exam room with my child. I had to sit in the waiting room fretting for 1.5 hours! Nobody came to give me a heads up or to ask what I would allow to be done to my precious little 4yo child.

She came out of there with a pale white face, puking from the drugs they had given her WITHOUT MY CONSENT. They had pulled a baby tooth, and they had also performed some sort of root canal on a BABY TOOTH (I know better now, they were scheisters.) They told me I owed them hundreds of dollars for work on one single baby tooth. I left crying myself.

On the car ride home, my 4yo child revealed to me that they had strapped her hands to the chair. She was frightened and terrified and cried for me. I could not hear her and come help her.  Then she said they gave her medicine that made her feel like she was floating on the ceiling, but they still wouldn't untie her hands.

I called the dentist's office complaining about her being strapped to the chair in that manner, and they told me it was protocol for little children so they don't swipe at the dentist while he's working on their teeth. It was to protect the DENTIST, apparently.

Anyhow, it took me a long time to get over that incident and the fact that I felt I'd let me child down, I hadn't been there for her when she cried out for me. It took a long time for my child to get over it, herself.


 I couldn't remember the dental office's name, but I do remember the name of the dentist:  Dr. Jost.

If it's the same one I went to, he's in Michigan now.

by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:21 PM
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by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM
I stopped readin.g. at they wouldnt let you back with her, and you allowed it.
I wouldve said i dont think so, and left.
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by Ruby Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM

OMG I am so so soooo sorry that happened to your baby. I would have shit bricks. I wont ever let my DD go alone and if they say I can't I'll find another place to go to. Please OP don't feel like i'm bashing you when I say that. I'm really not. 

by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM

I wouldn't have paid the bill since procedures were done without my concent. Additionally what if se would have had a negative reaction to the meds they gave without your concent? Lawsuit not only that your childs welfare!

So sorry!

by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I left a dentists office because they would not let me go back with my kids.  When asked why I was not allowed back they said "that is just the way we do it" I replied "not with my kids" as I walked out the door.  My kids have great teeth and I will not take a chance of some idiot dentist doing something stupid.

by Platinum Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

this is why i love our dentist group.  they let the parents stay with the kids and they don't do ANYTHING without explaining to parent and child and getting consent.  you need to find a new dentist and i'd be damned if i'd pay for an unauthorized root canal on a baby tooth.  i'd also report them to the proper authorities. 

by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM
Yeah, maybe it will. Stories like yours and also seeing similar stories on shows like Dateline on tv, made me aware of what could happen. Telling others your experience, may help save someone else's child from the same traumatic experience!

Quoting Bitterroot:

Quoting Anonymous:

My 3 yr old twins just recently had their first dental appointment. Before I even scheduled the appointment, I asked what their policies are and how they handle very young patients. They were great. My DH went with one twin, and I went with the other.

That was a great idea, asking the receptionist how they handle young-uns.

Well, I learned from my experience!  (My poor kid.)

Maybe my story will help another mama on this forum avoid the mistake I made.

by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM
Small smiles....horrid place.

Quoting autodidact:

was it part of a chain? I saw an expose on a chain of places that were doing unwarranted root canals on a bunch of kids, same MO, ban the parents from the back, and do a shitload of unneeded procedures without obtaining permission. it had Smiles in the title I think. 

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by Anonymous 3 on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM
Never go to a dentist that won't allow you in the room. It's a sure fire sign that they shouldn't be treating kids. My kid's dentist insists that parents come back to the treatment area. My dentist when I was a kid didn't allow parents back to the room and he was a sadistic jerk who was defrauding insurance. If a kid needed a tooth pulled he did it without any kind of meds and then billed for meds. I had fillings just about every time I went in because he put in shoddy temporary fillings that needed replacing constantly.
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I've heard about this happening. The worse ones that I've heard of are the ones that use the "mummy" board on kids...sickening.

by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM

 and that would be why I am scared to death of the dentist, I've been known to hit them,  :-/

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