ATLANTA, Ga. – A Georgia family is outraged by the way his child was treated by a local dentist.
James Crow told WSB-TV that when he went with his mother to take his 5-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, to get a tooth pulled, the dentist used a restraining device called a papoose board.
Crow and his mother say they were 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 said.
That is when James rushed into the exam room and found his daughter unattended and in physical restraints.
“I couldn’t see my kid in the body bag just strapped down to the bed, I couldn’t handle it,” James said.
“This little girl was frightened. I had to carry her out, she was shaking so bad,” his mother said.
The dentist office told WSB-TV that parents always sign consent forms before they use the restraint. However, the Crows say they don’t remember being notified.
“The only thing they said was they were going to put her on some laughing gas,” Crow said.
Although the devices are legal, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the devices are only used under certain circumstances.