Can you imagine discovering your child slumped over, in pain from unnecessary dental surgery that was performed without your permission or anesthesia — at school?
According to The Stir, Phoenix mom Stacey Gagnon agreed to have basic dental services (cleaning and X-ray) performed on her four year-old son, Isaac, by Big Smiles' mobile dentists at his school, but the dentist working on her son did more than that without calling her for permission. Isaac (who suffers from seizures) came home in pain from receiving a double root canal and two steel crowns, which were performed without anesthesia while three adults held him down. Gagnon took Isaac to a community dentist for follow-up care and was told that the work performed wasn't necessary.
Gagnon is currently suing the dentist for what happened to Isaac, but he isn't the only mobile dentist to do unnecessary work. Mobile dentistry programs, meant to bring dental care to children who would otherwise not be able to afford or receive it by using Medicaid to cover the costs, have received a lot of parent complaints.
Read the whole story (The Stir).
Has your child ever been to a mobile dentist?