When you go to the dentist for oral health care, you assume that you will walk away feeling better. The same holds true when you take your child to this type of health care professional.
Unfortunately, a growing number of children are dying during dental procedures, which is raising many questions across the industry.
Most recently, two children died after a dental procedure performed by an oral surgeon and dentist, which has lead many people to question whether state or national guidelines need to be changed in regards to the use of general anesthesia. It's believed that both deaths were related to the use of anesthesia.
At this time, training and educational requirements regarding the administration of anesthesia are regulated by each individual state.
As an adult patient, you may not worry much about the use of anesthesia during a dental procedure. However, there's something to remember when it comes to your child: Sedating a child is not the same as sedating an adult. This is why some states require any dental professional who sedates a child under the age of 12 to qualify for an anesthesia permit.
There is nothing worse than the thought of your child being injured or passing on as the result of a dental mishap. If this happens, regardless of the circumstances, you should immediately take the time to find out what went wrong. While you will have a lot on your plate, you don't want to simply move on. You can learn more about your legal rights, while also taking steps to protect other children in the future.
Source: Anesthesiology News, "Deaths of Children During Dental Procedures Raise Safety Concerns," Bob Kronemyer, accessed Sep. 01, 2017