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Carter's big smile

Carter's big smile

Mililani Mauka resident, 4-year-old Carter, recently had a dental procedure at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu while under sedation. His mother, Aimee Hipolito, said Carter is being treated at Shriners Hospital for autism and orthopaedic conditions. Because of his sensitivity and anxiety, her son never had his teeth cleaned. “He wouldn’t be able to handle it,” said Hipolito.

Hipolito believes dental health is important so she knew she had to take action when she discovered cavities on her son’s teeth. She decided it would be best to go to Shriners Hospitals for Children because her son would be safely sedated in a surgical suite with a team of doctors and nurses to monitor him while the procedure was done by pediatric dentist, Lynn Fujimoto, D.M.D., associate director - Hawaii Training Site at Lutheran Medical Center. “I wanted his experience to be easy,” said Hipolito.

Carter did not see any needles and felt no pain since he drank a liquid relaxant before undergoing anesthesia. “He wasn’t scared. This was the best thing for Carter,” his mother said.

Carter had his teeth cleaned and received five caps for minor cavities. Now, both mom and son are smiling. Hipolito is especially happy that her son’s front teeth are still pearly white and that Carter’s smile is as big as ever. She stated, “My experience has been wonderful. The whole staff is so thorough and answered all of my questions. Carter loves to go to Shriners."