What to Ask the Dentist Before Children Have Sedation

In July of 2017, Today ran a nice piece titled “9 questions to ask your dentist before your kids go under sedation,” written by Linda Caroll, July 10, 2017. The article discusses some recent children dental deaths that occurred in the last few years. If you have been on teethremoval.com before, you know that many cases like these have been covered in the past and you can see more on http://www.teethremoval.com/death.html and http://www.teethremoval.com/dental_deaths.html. The article says that doctors from the American Academy of Pediatrics are speaking out about the dangers of sedating children for oral surgery. It is said that it is unclear how many children or adults for that matter, have died in the U.S. during dental procedures. However, some work by the Dallas Morning News in 2015, indicates a dental patient dies nearly every other day in the U.S. The state … Read more

Can a Dentist Lose Their Skills Over Time?

An interesting article titled “Keeping skills current” appears in the May 2015 issue of JADA by Don J. Ilkka. The article discusses the ethics of what a pediatric dentist should do who used to perform sedation on his patients over 20 years ago, but now wants to do so again. For the around 20 year gap the pediatric dentist had an anesthesiologist in his office to monitor the sedation. The article discusses how there are many issues at work here. This includes if the dentist can legally perform the sedation and if he is qualified to do so or needs any additional training. Furthermore, there is a question about whether the staff of the dentist is qualified to support him. Working without an anesthesiologist may cause the dentist to perform less cases a day. The article states “As the dentist you describe … Read more