A young boy in severe pain from a congenital dental disease affecting his molars desperately awaits approval to have them removed.
The condition suffered by Iosa Ghani, 11, of Roundwood, Co. Wicklow, who has enamel hypoplasia in his molars, has left him with difficulty eating and sleeping and has resulted in his missing school many times.
His concerned mother, Hazel, said she had taken him to the nearby HSE clinic for several check-ups, but he ended up without treatment
so far despite the urgency.
The procedure requires the administration of an anesthetic at the hospital, but the boy has encountered delays and confusion with blood tests.
Two dentists signed off on the procedure, but despite the impact it has had on their son’s life and education, it still hasn’t happened, despite telling Hazel in 2018 that the teeth would need to be removed. “He woke up the other day and was in pain,” she said.
Treatment should be provided free of charge by the HSE as part of the schools’ dental programme.
“He finds it difficult to eat and sleep. He’s lost so many days of school,” she said. “He has a pain in his teeth and has dealt with it very well. It’s very painful, but he’s developed a high tolerance.”
The family have since enlisted privately through Wicklow dentist James Turner to alleviate some of the pain Iosa is suffering from.
Mr Turner, who practices at Rathdrum, said: “His mother is at her wits end. We restored the teeth as best we could and she said it brought him relief.”
However, he added that “there’s no saving the boy’s teeth without spending a lot of money,” and it would require root canals on four teeth. The alternative is to have them extracted.
“We see children all the time going through the school system and not being tested through the HSE program in the second, fourth and sixth grades.”
This means many children lose preventive care.
“Also, the criteria for putting a child on an orthodontic waiting list are very strict, and many children miss out. The delays on the waiting list have existed for years.”
Latest figures from Sinn Féin health spokesman David Cullinane show that nearly 2,030 children are under general anesthesia awaiting dental surgery nationwide.
A spokeswoman for the eastern area of the HSE community health service, which covers Wicklow, Dublin to the south-east and Dublin to the south, said so The Covid-19 emergency has had a significant impact on the delivery of all healthcare servicesincluding dental services and some delays
and residues remain.
At Iosa Community Health Area referred 46 children in the school dental system for tooth removal.
“It is likely that some of them have already been treated, but the discharge letters have not yet been processed,” the spokeswoman said.
She said there is limited access to short-term appointments that require general anesthesia.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/boy-11-endures-agonising-wait-for-hse-dental-treatment-41493348.html Boy (11) endures excruciating wait for HSE dental treatment