My son needs some work done. He’s only nine. The dentist wants to use sedation, I agreed to that only to show up and them tell me I’m not allowed back with him. I argued, but they said that is standard procedure at every dental office. I absolutely refused and left. Is that right? Will every dental office not allow me back with my child while he’s sedated?
Corrie B. – Georgia
While it may be the policy of many clinics, it’s certainly not an across the board policy to not allow parents back in the operatory during sedated procedures. Those clinics that do have the policy, tend to have it because they’re concerned the parent’s fears will be picked up by the child and affect their feelings of security.
However, your son is just that–your son. If you’re not comfortable allowing him back there unattended by you, then you’re perfectly within your rights to go to a clinic that will agree to your desires.
Just be aware that your son will not be left unattended even if you’re not there. The staff will be with him at all times.
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