Forba, the dental management company that operates Small Smiles dental clinics, will pay $24 million to reimburse state and federal government agencies after accusations that it provided unnecessary and substandard services.
An investigation revealed that Small Smiles pressured dentists to perform unnecessary procedures on children, including crowns, root canals, and tooth extractions. The work was often performed without the parents’ permission. Children were subjected to pain and restrained during the procedures. One child had 16 root canals performed in one sitting. The procedures were billed to Medicaid.
Small Smiles operates 69 clinics around the country, including clinics in Jefferson City, Missouri and Wichita, Kansas. A local investigation found more than 100 parents in Kansas who believe their children were subjected to unnecessary dental work.
Small Smiles advertises that it works to ensure that “Children from low-income families have access to quality dental care provided in a compassionate, kid-friendly environment.”
The Department of Justice and the Kansas Dental Board are continuing their investigation.
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