An outraged mother who today accused a dental clinic of improperly treating her son may be just the latest victim of a company that has allegedly scammed millions from taxpayers and forced children to undergo unnecessary treatment.
Autum Archuleta first encountered the Small Smiles dental clinic when she took her son Nathan, then 2, for a check-up in 2010.
Just 25 minutes later, her son left with three crowns, two baby root canals, and six silver fillings.
As the dentists worked, Archuleta said she could hear her son screaming and she forced her way into the treatment room to find Nathan being held down by three clinic employees and strapped down in stabilization device called a papoose board restricting him from head to toe.
'He wasn't the same for a long time after we brought him home' she told NBC News. 'He cried a lot...He wasn't my little boy. He didn't smile...The night terrors were the worst. I mean it was a lot of sleepless nights.
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