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How safe is deep sedation or anesthesia in dentistry?

An interesting article titled “How safe is deep sedation or general anesthesia while providing dental care?” appears in the Sept. 2015 issue of JADA (volume 146, issue 9, Pages 705–708) and written by Jeffrey D. Bennett and et al. The article discusses how deep sedation and general anesthesia are given daily in dental offices or practices and this is usually done by oral and maxillofacial surgeons and dentist anesthesiologists. Sedation and anesthesia is given to patients to be able to more easily perform procedures and keep the patient safe and comfortable. Unfortunately in rare cases problems can happen and hence the authors were interested in exploring this. The authors state “Using the available data and informational reports, the authors estimate that the incidence of death and brain injury associated with deep sedation or general anesthesia administered by all dentists most likely exceeds 1 per month.” The authors feel that a patient safety database for anesthetic management in dentistry would provide a more complete assessment of the mortality and morbidity involved. This would be beneficial to developer safer anesthetic care. The authors further state “Optimization of patient care requires appropriate patient selection, selection of appropriate anesthetic agents, utilization of appropriate monitoring, and a highly trained […]

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Raven Maria Blanco Foundation

I thought I would make a quick post here to make readers aware of the Raven Maria Blanco Foundation. “The mission of RMBF is to increase the awareness of medical emergency preparedness in dental offices across the United States.” The foundation has a focus on pediatric dental patients and came about due to an 8 year old girl named Raven Maria Blanco who passed away unexpectedly after having her teeth cleaned and calcium deposits removed by a general dentist. She was given an overdose of chloral hydrate. The foundation released a Six Links of Survival Public Service announcement and has numerous dental and other partners. The foundation is headed by Mario Blanco and has teamed up with Larry J. Sangrik D.D.S. You can view the Public Service announcement, some news segment features on Raven and the foundation, along with other patients who have unfortunately passed away after dental procedures performed at the new dental death videos page on this website.

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