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My husband & I are looking for a pediatric dentist for our daughter. She is almost 21 months old, so she hasn't been to the dentist yet & we want to get her established & use to it. We have heard of a couple of local dentists (Lakeland), but we were wondering if anyone knew of one that lets the parents go back with the child. I can understand why some dentists do not allow this, but we would feel more comfortable going back with her if possible.
Any suggestions? I would not mind traveling if needed.
I'm one of those moms that knows full well my children would do better in a dental setting with out my presence. If they can't see me, they can't even consider an escape route and will have to submit to the situation.
Even though I know my children would behave better with out me, after doing some online reading about children dying at dental offices, it could make me rethink my stance.
You can read more about the heartbreaking dental deaths at this PolkMoms link.
Not that I think I could necessarily save my child in a medical emergency with my presence, I would feel better to know I witnessed my child's care - if it was handled properly or in a negligent manner.
Seeing a couple articles about dentists molesting their patients (you can read about one conviction here), doesn't really plead my case for letting them go back with out me either.
Reading about some of the feedback here of dentists that do, and do not, let parents go back with their children made me think about all this. : ) Thank you for all those responses!
I don't think I'm typically a paranoid mom. In fact, I have always let my children go back with out me to dental and orthodontist appointments while I wait in the waiting area.
What do you think? Is it really important to you to accompany your child while in the company of dental professionals?