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Old 03-13-2016, 11:40 AM
 
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Terrible, this dentist had two prior disciplinary records.

4-Year-Old Girl Suffers 'Severe Brain Injury' at Dentist's Office, Documents Say - ABC News

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A "once perfectly healthy and normal" 4-year-old girl "can no longer talk or walk or really see much" after suffering severe brain damage during a dentist visit gone "horribly wrong," according to her mother.

Navaeh Hall had gone to Dr. Bethaniel Jefferson's practice, "Diamond Dentistry," in Houston on Jan. 7 to have a few decaying teeth treated, her mother Courissa Clark told ABC News.

But the "dental care resulted in serious harm" to Navaeh, who "suffered severe brain injury as a result," according to a temporary suspension order from the Texas Board of Dental Examiners obtained by ABC News.
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Old 03-13-2016, 12:52 PM
 
Location: MID ATLANTIC
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Sedation for a child is serious business. Why would someone sedate a 4 year old? I'm willing to bet the child had bottle rot, falling asleep with a bottle in the mouth, resulting in decay of baby teeth. I am not blaming mom and dad, I had a similar experience (I didn't know at the time not to put a child down directly after a bottle). But I also did not find any pediatric dentist that would sedate my child, and definitely not for baby teeth, with little to no root. I talked to our dentists, (adult and pediatric), they told me it was far too dangerous at this age for the procedure to be done outside of a hospital setting. So my experience tells me this mom went through a lot of dentists to find one to say yes.

My 2nd child needed surgery for tubes in the ears after repeated ear infections. He was 2, in a hospital and after surgery, he had post op issues with anesthesia (uncontrollable vomiting & severe dehydration). They discharged us after disconnecting the IV bag, not verifying he could eat or drink. We were back within 48 hour for a week's admission. Three years pass and the tubes didn't come out on their own, back to the hospital. I warned them about the reaction to anesthesia, they nodded, discharged us, yet we were back for complications and a week's admission. Fast forward to 10 years old and 12 strep infections in our family, in a narrow window of time. Back in the hospital, this time for tonsils. Again, I let the staff and surgeon know about the post op issue. Again, discharged and back to be admitted, once again, for reactions to anesthesia, again for at least a week. This last time we had pediatric specialists, that handled nothing but problematic and sensitive children to anesthesia, and still had the same results.

I am no way absolving this doctor, far from this disaster. But if my suspicions are correct and the mom had to search for someone to sedate the child in an office setting after being told no by other doctors, that is a burden she will carry to her grave. There, but the Grace.......
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:14 PM
 
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Thats horrible......

That stuff they give you TO SEDATE you can be dangerous....... Its sad her system reacted badly to it....
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:18 PM
 
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Aneshesia carries a lot of risk. In my first nursing home job, there was a young girl who had the same thing happen to her, she was non-responsive and little ore than a vegetable. I see cognitive changes all the time when they put elderly people under anesthisia, some are never the same again. When I had my wisdom teeth out, my dentist specifically wrote to the surgeon not to use general, but IV Valium as he feels general is too risky for routine procedures.
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:30 PM
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I've only had a few honest dentists in my life. It seems more of them in the last few decades are more concerned about paying off debt by pushing fillings for so-called cavities where it's later revealed by second opinion there are none.

Elsewhere the Dallas Morning News did a multi-part expose a few months ago about the building crisis surrounding oral 'health' practice, in "Deadly Dentristry":
http://interactives.dallasnews.com/2...dly-dentistry/

Here's another woman'e daughter who had a row of teeth violently ripped out:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F1AlOEEUhY
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Old 03-13-2016, 03:34 PM
 
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I am not blaming mom and dad... So my experience tells me this mom went through a lot of dentists to find one to say yes.



I am no way absolving this doctor, far from this disaster. But if my suspicions are correct and the mom had to search for someone to sedate the child in an office setting after being told no by other doctors, that is a burden she will carry to her grave.
No, you're just blaming mom.
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY
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Aneshesia carries a lot of risk. In my first nursing home job, there was a young girl who had the same thing happen to her, she was non-responsive and little ore than a vegetable. I see cognitive changes all the time when they put elderly people under anesthisia, some are never the same again. When I had my wisdom teeth out, my dentist specifically wrote to the surgeon not to use general, but IV Valium as he feels general is too risky for routine procedures.
I just had a wisdom tooth pulled, all they did was novocain me up.
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:47 PM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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Well people want "pain free" and to be put down. Back in my day they would shoot you with some Novocain, but many would just take the pain. Of course EVERYONE will blame the dentist. What else is new? How about taking some pain and doing it right? People want their cake and eat it to. Doesn't really work that way, but I digress.
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Texas
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There is no safe procedure.
There is no safe sedation.
And when something goes wrong, people freak out as if there is or should be.

This is HORRIBLE. I can't imagine how the parties involved feel. But the expectation of 100% problem-free medical intervention is unrealistic.

That jackass should have called 911 the second it started going wrong. That is where outrage should be placed.

Sedation of kids in the outpatient setting should be undertaken with great caution.
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I just had a wisdom tooth pulled, all they did was novocain me up.
sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn't. one time, a dentist sent me to an oral surgeon in the middle of a procedure. i apparently have some not to code, uninspected wiring in my mouth. i've had a few dentists say to me, "that couldn't possibly hurt."

young children don't tolerate a dental visit well, especially when the first visit is to have work done. it's a scary place full of strange people and equipment.
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