Patient's mom says dentist pulled child's tooth without consent: 5 notes

A mother and son came to Indianapolis-based Fountain Square Dental Clinic for what was supposed to be consultation appointments, according to I-Team 8. However, the mother alleged the dentist extended the limits of the consultation appointment and pulled out her child's tooth without her consent.

Here are five notes.

1. The patient's mother scheduled her and her son's appointments for the same time. She was undergoing her consultation while her son was undergoing oral surgery to have a tooth pulled.

2. The consultation appointment for the 10-year-old was allegedly made to discuss the tooth that was ultimately pulled. However, the mother alleges she was never made aware her son would be given anesthesia and have his tooth extracted.

3. Fountain Square Dental Clinic could not speak to I-Team 8 about the incident due to privacy laws. And when asked about their consent procedure, the office did not provide a comment.

4. Indiana does not require written consent for each procedure. However, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry lays out policies and guidelines stating general consent is not enough. Both the mom and son signed a general consent form when they joined Fountain Square Dental Clinic as new patients.

5. The mother is in contact with the Indiana Dental Association to resolve the issue. The group typical does a peer review to reach a resolution between patients and dentists.

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