Do you let dentist use papoose board on your 4 yr old?

Amanda - posted on 07/14/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm being told that we have no other option, that under 6 the board will be used. I understand it will keep child from hurting itself, but are you kidding me?!!! I don't restrain my kid at home, why do they automatically use this? OK what do ya'll think?

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Kailee - posted on 06/11/2011

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My son was 3 when they used one on him.. He was perfectly fine just a lil scared while they were showing him the tools they would use and the nurses said oh he will do fine then. And then the dentist comes in and immediately says he has to have the board. WEll it wasnt until they strapped him into which is like a straight jacket board that he started freaking out and could barely breathe! and they didnt even stop working.. I made them quit stating that they atleast needed to let him wipe his nose from all the mucous he was producing from crying and screaming! I will NEVER put my child through that again and since then I have moved dentist!

Amy - posted on 07/14/2010

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Get another opinion! That is ridiculous! I wish I could find the article, but about 2yrs ago there was a pediatric dentistry (it was a type of franchise and had locations in multiple states) that had been shut down after there was an investigation over their use of the papoose. They were traumatizing these kids! They would get so upset that they would vomit on themselves, and the worse part is the dentist and his assistants would keep working without giving the kids a break...please get another opinion

Julia - posted on 07/14/2010

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I guess I'm not really sure what a papoose board is but I read someone elses post about being strapped down. My daughter went to the dentist for the first time at 3 years old and was not restrained in any way. I have taken her back twice since then and still nothing like that. My daughter actually loves the dentist but if she was strapped down there would be no way I would get her there and I wouldn't take her anyway.

Amanda - posted on 07/14/2010

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Thanks I was wondering if I was totally overreacting....they tell me I won't find one in our area that doesn't use them. Well guess I will have to drive farther!!! Thanks for your input!

Karen - posted on 07/14/2010

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Yikes! If you don't think it's right for your kid then put your foot down! If they continue to push it then change dentists.
Can you imagine the out of control feeling that would come with being strapped down. As an adult, even understanding the reasons ect., it would make me feel seriously freaked out. From a kids point of view it would feel like being stapped down for some kind of torture! Ahhhhhh!
Again, if you don't feel good about it, then advocate on your child's behalf. You have to 'cause no one else will!

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