Kids’ Dental Anesthesia: What Parents Should Know

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Kevin J. Donly, DDS, professor and chair, Department of Developmental Dentistry, University of Texas Health San Antonio; former officer, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Debbie Hagan, advocate for families of children who have been harmed in dental offices.

Rita Agarwal, MD, practicing pediatric anesthesiologist; professor of anesthesiology, Stanford University; chair, Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics.

James Tom, DDS, dentist anesthesiologist; past president, American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists.

The Associated Press: “Minnesota family agrees $2M settlement in teen’s dental surgery death,” “Jury finds Hawaii dentist not guilty in 3-year-old’s death.”

Cohen & Cohen: “$2M Settlement Teen Dental Surgery Death.”

Star Tribune: “Now teaching and treating patients at U, dentist settles suit for $2M with family of dead teen.”

San Francisco Chronicle: “4-year-old boy dies after dental procedure in Oakland — state board investigating.”

Hawaii News Now: “Governor signs ‘Finley’s Law’ to make dental sedation for kids safer.”

Pediatrics: “Ethics Rounds: Death After Pediatric Dental Anesthesia: An Avoidable Tragedy?”

Pediatric Anesthesia: “Trends in death associated with pediatric dental sedation and general anesthesia.”

Journal of Dental Research: “Global burden of untreated caries: a systematic review and metaregression.”

Pediatric Dentistry: “Guidelines for Monitoring and Management of Pediatric Patients Before, During, and After Sedation for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures.”

Journal of Dental Anesthesia and Pain Management: “General anesthesia in the management of early childhood caries: an overview.”

Today: “9 questions to ask your dentist before your kids go under sedation.”

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