Family outraged when 5-year-old girl is placed in full-body restraint at dentist’s office

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CARROLL CO., Georgia -- A Georgia family is upset at their dentist -- after finding their 5-year-old, Elizabeth, was placed in a restraint during a tooth-pulling procedure.

WSB reports that Elizabeth's father, James Crow, said family members weren't allowed in the exam room for the procedure, so they didn't realize what was happening until they heard screams.

 

"We was sitting out in the waiting room, and all of a sudden we heard somebody screaming," said Elizabeth's grandmother, Evelyn Crow.

James said they discovered Elizabeth was restrained on what's called a "papoose board."

"I couldn't see my kid in the body bag just strapped down...to the bed. I couldn't handle it," said James.

When WSB called the office this week, they said parents always sign consent forms before the restraint can be used. The Crows say they don't remember ever being notified.

"I said, 'what in the world are you all doing to her ... why is she strapped down'? 'She don't want to cooperate'... 'What do you mean she don't want to cooperate she's only five years old'," said Evelyn.

While the devices are legal, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry warns that they "may lead to potential serious consequences, such as physical or psychological harm."

"I think they should make a law for dentists not to restrain children like that," said Evelyn.

The dentist in this case had no listed disciplinary actions against her. She has not commented on the incident.

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