Donated car to drive out kids’ dentist fears

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Mini car donated to dentist's office

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Young dental patients at Samuels Sinclair Dental Center can now roll up to their appointments in style.

Monday, 8-year-old Celia Furtado was the first one to test drive the mini electric version of a pink Henes Broon F830.

The Newport Car Museum donated the car to the center, which provides dental services to all children and intellectually or developmentally disabled patients of all ages.

Manager Vicent Moretti said the car can be used a way to make kids feel less nervous about going into the dentist’s office.

“As they’re getting their treatments, we thought the cars would kind of take away any angst that they had getting whatever treatments they were going to. They’re thinking about driving the car, rather than some big needle or whatever they were going to do, and I think that does work,” said Moretti.

 In September, the museum also donated a red mini electric car to Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Center.

The electric ride-on vehicles were purchased from funds raised through the museum’s recent Fast Five raffle event.

After Monday, more patients at the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center can give this car a go, no driver’s license necessary.

“I mean she was smiling, she was happy, and she was going to see the dentist,” said Rhode Island Hospital President Margaret Van Bree.

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