I watched this last night on 20/20.  My son used to get his teeth cleaned at a Small Smiles.  Needless to say I cried and thought I would be sick watching this.  I think we should put these people out of business.  Please bump so as many moms see this as possible.

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Mar. 7, 2009 at 2:19 PM

not saying what the dentists did was rigt but i wouldnt ever let my child go back alone. if they said i couldnt go back i would just take my child & leave.

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Mar. 7, 2009 at 2:42 PM

I took my son who was 10 at the time to a place called all american smile. They let me back there while they did x-rays and cleaning but when they needed to do work they tried to kick me out said it was policy that parents cant be with the patients. I told them my son is 10 he is a minor and he is not staying by himself I left found another dentist was able to be by his side the whole time. I turned the american smile clinic in to the insurance company.

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Mar. 8, 2009 at 1:47 AM

Bullshit any dentist or doctor would take my kids back with out me! When I was a child my mother was in the room with me and I expect to be with kids as well when they go. I can't figure out why parents think it would be ok to leave a small child like 3,4 or 5 alone in a place like a dentist! I mean they are babies practically!

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Mar. 8, 2009 at 3:05 AM

Sorry, hold the phone why on earth would you let your kids go into the doctor or dentist alone???????  This isn't right, haven't parents seen the reports of kids who are raped or abused by medical professionals many years ago.  And you wouldn't know what treatment your kids were getting??   this lady looks really surprised that she waited for hours and her kid came out with root canals. Are you telling me that you would allow a two hour procedure to take place on your child without your presence?   You woulden't say "wait it's been two hours, I need to know whats going on in there."  Every medical procedure that gets preformed on your children requires parental consent, these parents are just as much to blame for their lack of diligence and advocacy on their children's behalf.

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Mar. 8, 2009 at 6:03 AM

That is one of the most horrible things i have ever seen. I am 20 years old and still hypervetalate from the fear of work taking place in my mouth. Strapping a child to a chair?! What the hell?! And WHY would you even go in if you cant go back with them?! I am with my precious little one 24/7, NO ONE not even family is usually around her without me in the room. I am especially not letting a doctor or dentist around her alone!

Strapping children down?! What did those parents sign that gave them permission to do that?! I am PISSED OFF. Words cant even begin to explain. I'll be sending this to everyone i know and voting Popular. Thank you so much for posting and informing us!!

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Mar. 8, 2009 at 10:51 AM

i couldn't even watch the whole thing, who could think its ever there place to put their hand son a child that isn't theirs..hold them down any dig into their gums??wouldn't they be a little hysterical if you were being bound to a chair?i hope that one day jack hammers are taken to these peoples teeth!!

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Mar. 8, 2009 at 11:00 AM

We had a small smiles here in the Albany, NY area and it was one of the ones that were under investigation.  I never took my kids there even though they were one of the only dentists in the area that took the insurance we had at the time. 

My main reason for not taking my kids there is...... you guessed it,  Parents were not allowed in the back which to me is bullshit.  No Dr. takes my kids in back with out me,  end of story. 

They did close down under small smiles but oddly enough the place reopened under American Smile or something like that.... and.... the Dr. under investigation still works there. 

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Mar. 8, 2009 at 11:24 AM

my child is not going any where without me or his Dad-no exceptions!!

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Mar. 8, 2009 at 11:27 AM

OMG!!!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! at 5 min or so the child is strapped down-i want to hurt those people-that is not right-i hope they serve time

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Mar. 8, 2009 at 11:33 AM

i can't even watch it all, my stomach is in knots and i am crying. fuck those assholes! oh my god i would be in jail if i knew they did this to my kid because I would get behind the counter and punch their fucking teeth down their throat if they did that to my child!

where we go is awesome, all parents are welcome to come back into the OPEN rooms with the children. The rooms don't have doors on them and everyone is out in the open. the kids get prizes and my kids look forward to going to the dentist because they are treated so good.

oh this just angers me. i just can't watch all of it. child abuse is one of my hot buttons.

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