A Georgia father claimed his daughter was put into a restraining device without his consent during a visit to a dentist.
The device, known as a “papoose board,” was allegedly used at the Smiles-R-Us in Carrollton, Georgia. A representative for the Georgia Board of Dentistry said there are no rules, laws or regulations regarding when dentists can and cannot use such restraints.
James Crow noted that when he took his daughter Elizabeth to Smiles-R-Us, he was not allowed into the exam room.
“We were sitting out in the waiting room and all of a sudden, we heard somebody screaming,” Evelyn Crow, Elizabeth’s grandmother, said.
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When James rushed into the examination room, he found his daughter unattended and physically restrained.
“I couldn’t see my kid in the body bag just strapped down to the bed, I couldn’t handle it,” James said.
Evelyn carried her granddaughter, who was shaking out of fear, out of the room. When Evelyn questioned the dentist about the restraints, he simply replied that Elizabeth did not want to cooperate.
Though the restraining devices are legal, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry only recommends them in extreme cases. The device also should have informed consent from a parent.
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According to the Smiles-R-Us office, a dentist has the freedom to use the device after parents sign a consent form. The Crow family said they were never notified of such a form.
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