There was quite an uproar when it was learned that a 5-year-old girls was strapped down by a Georgia dentist in order to restrain her.
But now the dentist office is defending itself against the allegations stating that its use of the ‘papoose board’ was just to make sure young patients do not more during their treatment, reported first by ABC news.
Papoose board is a medical stabilization board with Velcro straps, it is used to strap down the patient and make sure they cannot move to decrease risk of an injury, it is usually used in dentistry procedures, however it is looked down upon and considered as serous breach of ethics thus it is banned in most countries.
Papoose board advocates state that it is a safer method than using an anesthetic or other medical sedation which can have serious risks attached.
James Crow and his wife Evelyn Crow took their 5-year old daughter to get one of her tooth extracted as per normal and did not dream that they would find her strapped into such a device.
They claim that when they rushed to the sounds of their daughter shouting they found her strapped down onto the papoose board.
“I couldn’t see my kid in the body bag just strapped down to the bed; I couldn’t handle it,” Crow told ABC news.
The Dentist office in Carrollton, Georgia is called Smiles R Us and they stated that they only use the boards with the patients consent.
Office Manager at Smiles R US, Felicia Evans defended the dentist office saying that the guideline is use it if the child is moving, crying or kicking a lot and could hamper the procedure or risk injury, the parents are taken to the back and notified of what’s going to happen.
Other practitioners also spoke up in defense, such as Dr. Mary Hayes of the American Dentistry Association, who compared its use to other restrains used in medical situations. She said that if a child needs protection in the emergency room, stabilization is used quite a bit.
Others have called it a brutal practice, like Dr.Joel Weaver, the former editor of Anesthesia Progress. He has called for an improved availability of anesthetic so such restrains are not used.