Ok, this is a long story, but we are finishing up a kind of rough week here in the household. Monday night, our youngest son was chasing something (we assume now one of our cats) around and tripped. Our house has inset rooms from the main room (they drop down a step and a half) and he tripped on the bottom step, taking out the top with his mouth. In the end, he broke five teeth, pushed one up into the gums and busted his lip open. He's 3. Bleeding profusely, we go to the emergency room, and they see that he has vertically split 3 teeth and the damage to the others. They prescribe him pain killers and tell us to see our dentist first thing in the morning and get an oral surgeon referral. We go to a pediatric dentist 9AM Tuesday morning, and have him evaluate the child, and he notes that five teeth would have to be removed. He informs us we have to see an oral surgeon within 24 hours and it would be a two step process.. one to get the teeth out, and another to put in a periodontal bridge to provide him fake teeth (our son already is seeing a speech therapist, being without his top row of teeth for 4+ years is seen as a major negative to that). We drive across town to see the referred oral surgeon; he does an evaluation and tells us that while he'd love to do it, he would require sedation due to the severity, and with his size, he refers it to a children's hospital. He calls the hospital and gets an oral surgeon and room booked for the following day, Wednesday. So, Wednesday, 9AM, we arrive to get the procedure done, and the oral surgeon does the initial overview and sends us to pediatric dentistry, so they can prep a room and other items. Upon arrival at Pediatric dentistry, we relate the story, they sympathize and then inform me "we don't do sedation for just anyone" and then "we'll do an evaluation" So, we wait. The child has now not eaten since the night before to prepare for surgery. An hour later we go back with the specialist, who informs me that "yes, it's a mess, but I don't think we are going to sedate him, just don't believe in it." I should have buckled up and ran. I should have left ;( I tell them about the other dentists we had seen, and how we were referred there, and they tell me "well, we think that's a bit much, it can be done in other ways." They give the child four shots into his gums and then strap him into a straight jacket and board and encourage me to hold down his legs and stomach so he cannot move while a nurse holds his head still. His arms are contained within the wrap and secured to the table. Awake and screaming, they pull out five teeth "wham wham wham" The x-rays came back to them -after- the teeth were out. During the process, the child was screaming and yelling "please don't do this" "help me" "help me".. I'll admit, I broke down and cried, it just killed me, I knew once it started this was really wrong, but there was just no going back. After we were done, the child was pouring blood because he couldn't hold his own gauze in (could you as a three year old?) and was crying.. I was then informed "hey, you need to hold the gauze in dad" "make him hold down a bit" and so forth.. I told them that we would be getting fakes put in later, and was informed "boy, I'm not sure if that isn't a waste, I mean, eh, kids lose teeth" I said to the dentist on the way out "this is terrible; the kid is going to hate me for how this happened." To which I was consoled with "he's three years old, he won't remember any of this" .. I'm just not so sure of that. I'm just really dissapointed at the moment Our son is OK, and feeling better now, but he slept badly the night after and was very scared for most of the day. I am worried about how this is going to work out when we go back to the dentist on Jan. 12.