CHICAGO (July 10, 2017) – NBC News’ Kate Snow reported on a recent string of children dying after being sedated at the dentist’s office. Some people believe the routine practice of dentists doing anesthesia and dental work at the same time contributed to the deaths and are calling for change.
Snow reports the family of a perfectly healthy toddler who died while having an extra tooth removed helped draft a bill that would require an anesthesia expert to be in the room when dentists give general anesthesia to children younger than 7.
Monday, California lawmakers held a hearing to vote on the bill but it did not pass. The professional society that represents oral surgeons nationally vows that even though the proposal did not pass, they plan to beef up their anesthesia training and collect better data.
The families of those affected by this tragedy have promised to keep pushing for change and hope other parents are made aware of what could happen in the dentist’s chair.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. has handled cases of this nature and have seen the heartbreaking consequences of dental and anesthesia errors firsthand. We have obtained more than $1 billion on behalf of our seriously injured clients, including a $4.5 million settlement for the family of a 7-year-old boy who died after a routine dental procedure to remove to impacted teeth. In that case, the dentist had failed to administer the correct dosage of general anesthetic according to the child’s weight and age.
No parent should experience the tragedy of losing a child due to a dentist’s careless error. If you or someone you know died or was seriously injured due to the negligence of a dentist or other medical professional, contact our office today to learn more about your rights.