I keep reading about this horrific cases of abuse while children and teens are under sedation. I have a sixteen-year-old daughter who needs a procedure which requires sedation. I’m terrified of leaving her in there at risk. I told the dentist I wanted I wanted to be in there, but he said it’s impossible. That makes me worried that he has other intentions. Is there anything I can do?
Serena M. – California
Having daughters is terrifying. You can send your boys to college and be nervous. But, send a daughter to college and you’re having a coronary every day. I also realize there have been several cases in the news recently that add to that terror. I want to assure you, most dentists and their assistants care about their patients. They would NEVER dream of hurting a patient.
You have three different options in this situation with your daughter that come to mind. One, you can find a different dentist. There are dentists who will let you back in the operatory during dental sedation. Because your daughter is a teenager you also have the option of seeing a pediatric dentist as well as a general dentist. You can find one that will work with you.
Two, you can go ahead with this dentist and request a specific medical personnel in there with her during her dental sedation that you’re comfortable entrusting her safety to while you’re in the waiting area.
Finally, you can talk to the dentist. Tell him what you just told me. It’s possible that given your fears, he would understand and change his mind.
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