Child's death spurs unease in dental communityUPDATED 10:32 PM HST Jan 07, 2014Video Transcript
The recent death of a Kailua toddler after visiting a dentist has shocked the dental community. The Hawaii Dental Association released a statement today.. The practice of sedation/anesth esia by licensed dentists is regulated by the State of Hawaii, and to ensure the highest safety measures for patients undergoing sedation.... We also encourage the public to speak with their dentists and to feel free to ask questions about their background and credentials, treatment plans and treatment options. The recent tragedy is raising concerns over pulpotomies, essentially baby root canals- and whether it's a necessary procedure. Dentists are hoping parents ask the right questions about the treatment. 3 year old Finley Boyle died last week after a lying in a coma for weeks. Her parents claim a visit to Island Dentistry for Children run by Dr. Lilly Geyer last month left their child brain dead. FROM PAM YOUNG OKG 1/2/2013 5pm --- 32:20 WE WERE ALL HOPING, EVEN THE DOCTORS ARE IN TEARS. THEY ALL HAVE CHILDREN TOO. WE WERE ALL WAITING FOR HER TO WAKE UP Dentists like Dr. Cecile Sebastian say cases like this are rare. 02:43 a very small percentage... done with consciou or unconsious sedation " 00:24 we sas dentists and as mother hearts go out to family of this little girl," Sebastian has been practicing dentistry for more than a decade. She emphasizes there's a huge difference between local and general anesthesia-- and that most visits to the dentist involve the former. 00:45 local anestthesidan specifincally to an area treated that's what most dentists do deliver," NATS DRILL-- 01:38 general anesthesia-- more drugs administered for central nervous system patients are unconcious, Details of Finley's visit to the dentist are still unclear. Calls to Island Dentistry for Children were not returned. But the Boyle family's attorney alleges 5 different doses of SEDATIVES AND ANESTHETICS are to blame. FROM PAM YOUNG PKG 1/2/13 ---- 4:34 IT APPEARS MOST OF THE WORK SAID TO BE NECESSARY BY DR. GEYER WAS NOT NECESSARY. Finley was undergoing multiple pulpotomies, which dentists say are common and often necessary. SEBASTIAN: 05:11 baby teeth still very importatne for bone space for permanent teeth to develop properly," 07:12 IF A CHILD IS SUFFERING FROM CAVITY AND INTO THE NERVE MORE THAN LIKELY PAINFUL TOOTH, PULPOTOMY IS DONE NOT ONLY TO SAVE THE TOOTH BUT ALSO THE CHILD IN PAIN," Sebastian says it's important to keep an open dialogue with your dentist at all times. Especially when it involves children who will be sedated.