- Apr 20, 2018
I never heard of dentists giving any other injections besides the ones used to numb a patient's mouth before working on them. Late yesterday afternoon my 15 year old daughter had an emergency root canal due to an abscessed tooth, one of the lower rear molars. After the work was completed, she was instructed to take her jeans and underpants down and bend over the chair, then she was given two penicillin shots, one in each hip. The dental assistant was present in the room and my daughter says she doesn't feel that anything inappropriate took place, but both of us were quite surprised she was given these shots, and particularly that they were given in her hips. When I asked, the assistant told me this was done sometimes with patients having serious infections from their teeth, and because it was late in the day nearly 8PM there would be no way to have a prescription filled for antibiotics before this morning. Was this OK? My daughter told me not to make an issue of it, but I would like to know if this is within the scope of what a dentist is allowed to do.