I’ve been going to a pediatric dentist. My son is a bit fidgety. At first the dentist was patient, but at his second visit the dentist yelled at him to be still. He didn’t even give him a warning or ask him first. He just yelled at him. I don’t think I want to go back. Do children have to see a pediatric dentist?
Maya L. – New Mexico
I’m sure that was a difficult experience both for you and your son. Before you make the decision to leave, I want to bring up a different possibility. First, I am not excusing the dentist that yelled at your son. That behavior is not only unprofessional, but unacceptable. That being said, it’s possible this dentist had just had an aweful day. A lot can go on in a person’s life that causes and immense amount of stress that no one knows about. You might talk to your pediatric dentist before making a decision. Tell him how appalled you were and see how he responds. If he seems contrite and is willing to apologize to your son, you might want to stay.
However, if you decide you don’t want to stay, you can switch to a general dentist. They’ll have enough training to care for your son’s needs.
You’ll want to make sure your family dentist is comfortable treating children before taking that plunge. Ask him or her how they feel about it and tell them to be brutally honest. But don’t fear, there are many general dentists who love treating children.
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