Raleigh >Wake Orthodontics
Unpleasant experience! Not recommended!. Although not a special needs child, my son is highly anxious and we were hopeful, based on the high recommendation of parents of autistic children, that the dentists in this practice would be the right fit for our son. Prior to the visit, my wife spoke with the receptionist about my son's anxieties and asked if this practice used nitrous oxide and oral sedation. We were assured that they did in fact use these techniques which were successful for our son at his last dentist. After meeting Dr. Parrish, however, I learned that this is not the case. Apparently, they prefer not to use nitrous oxide as, in their opinion, patients will breathe through their mouths and the "doctor and assistant then gets all of the gas". When I asked about oral sedation, Dr. Parrish replied that he did not like to do that, especially in today's "dr_g culture". When I asked what they did do, he said that they would "strap down" my son and have someone else "hold down his head". I know my son well enough to know that the thought of the papoose would be more stressful than any procedure. According to my son, the dentist and the assistant also repeatedly threatened to "tell your Dad" on him because of his behavior. As I was left in the waiting room, I do not know why they could not have simply come and asked me for either assistance or some advice as to how to best to approach my son. Finally, and this is the reason I discourage anyone's patronage of this office, Dr. Parrish likened working with my son to "starting a war" and twice compared the work with Viet Nam and once to the Gulf War. I realize my son could have been far more cooperative, and granted I did not serve in teh armed forces, but somehow I find it highly unlikely that working with any patient in any type of medical field is comparable to Viet Nam or the Gulf War. UNSETTLING AND MISLEADING.
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