Dental school denying treatment because of ADHD, any suggestions?
- 3 Apr 2013 by lvm1204
- 23 Sep 2013
- attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), oral and dental conditions, disability, hyperactivity, medication
Hi ... My darling daughter just diagnosed with ADHD (it wasn't a surprise) as she doesn't sit still. Also she has learning disability and a few others. A new Iep. She is not on medication Yet. But I took her to a dental school and she was accepted into the program last month for braces. We r so excited. But I just got a letter tonight saying the dental school has changed their minds about her. She would have to be sedated frequently for braces and this will impede the treatment of her care in a timely manner. I am devastated because we cant afford to get her braces anywhere else.
I feel it is so unfair to her. Because she cant sit still she cant be a candidate at the dental school. I feel she is being discriminated against. Also I know there are drugs that can help ADHD children sit still. Maybe there are some pills she can take on days she has to stay calm for the appointment. But the dental school just flat out cancelled and "wished us luck". we had an appt to get her 7 teeth pulled. I signed an agreement in Baltimore or DC. Dental Services at dental schools for children with ADHD should not be impeded because the child has adhd. The dentist was actually a little rude one day when I first got the diagnosis and told him that she had recently been diagnosed with ADHD and (while she wiggled in the "chair") he in a rude tone said why don't you medicate her? and I told him I hadn't gotten the appointment w the paediatrician yet.
Any suggestions? I really want to make this dental school keep thier side of the contract and want to talk to someone as I feel this is discrimination. I have her dental school medical records that mention only that she may need medication and the letter kicking her out.
i will bet this is more common at dental school that people realizes. Any answers greatly apprecated!!!
Hi, this is definitely a case of discrimination! In the UK (where i live) we have CAC (Citizens Advice Center), where we go to discuss this kind of matter. They provide free advice. I'm hoping that some members in the US can provide you with a good company that can help you out... Also, if both parties signed a contract they should not be able to break those terms. It is your choice whether or not you medicate your child, if her symptoms are manageable in most situations, then it's up to you to judge whether or not she needs medical intervention. I have added a link about Ritalin, a medication used to treat ADD/ADHD. You might find it an interesting/helpful read? https://www.drugs.com/ritalin.html
You/your daughter should not have been treated this way by the dental school, it is unacceptable. Hopefully someone will come forward with the name of an organisation that can help you...
This is an outrage to me. First of all, your darling daughter deserves to receive the best dental care that anyone else would receive. Secondly, If this is a dental school, then the students there need to be taught how to handle such situations. Telling you they cannot help you is not the right way to handle it AT ALL. The dental students missed out and so did your daughter, both wrong in my book. My daughter has ADHD too. I agree with giving them the medication only on days that it is needed and also working with her in regards to "chunking" things. Doing things in order on a list so that they don't get overwhelmed because they are thinking ahead of everyone else.
I'm trying to get my 6and a half year old tested unfortunately I've not had a doctor who will refer my daughter for the right help I'm a single parent with health problems myself and I'm getting sick of the doctors saying try this try that the only people who are helping my daughter is her school apart from that im alone having to deal with her setting fire to things and running away can't concentrate is fidgety don't sleep I'm up half a dozen times a night I've had to lock her window as she tried to escape from there I have to hide everything that considered a risk to her
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