14-month old Daisy Lynn Torres was taken to the dentist to have two cavities filled. She was pronounced dead a few hours later. Her parents, Betty Squier and Elizandro Torres, are still in absolute shock over the matter, according to kgw.com.
Because Daisy was 14 months old, a dentist at Austin Children’s Dentistry was using general anesthesia.
“They told me to sit down with her so they could put her under, and they told me to leave the room,” Squier said. “So I left the room.”ADVERTISEMENT
After Daisy was anesthetized, Squier said the dentist, whom she did not identify, told her that her daughter needed additional dental work.
“About 10 or 15 minutes into her procedure, the dentist came back because originally she was only supposed to be going for two cavities. And he said, ‘I’m going to go ahead and do six. I’m going to do four crowns on top and two at the bottom,’ ” Daisy’s mom said.
Children often get their first teeth as early as 3 months old, but they can emerge as late as a year old. By age 3, a child has a full set of baby teeth.
Let’s back up for a moment and realize that a dentist decided to put a little toddler under general anesthesia for what would seem like a non-urgent procedure. Or, a procedure that would “urgently” fill this dentist’s pocketbook. The New England Journal of Medicine published an article in 2015 regarding anesthetic neurotoxicity.
Some anesthetics and sedatives have been shown to cause neurotoxic effects in laboratory animals. The FDA collaboration SmartTots recommends undertaking large-scale clinical studies and avoiding nonurgent surgical procedures requiring anesthesia in children younger than 3 years of age.
Was this a complete lack of common sense on the part of the dentist, or a scheme to make money off parents who weren’t seemingly in a position to reject the dentist recommendations? This story is an atrocity. Austin-Travis County medical examiner is still examining what the cause of death was, but I am hard pressed to believe that it did not involve the anesthesia. What I want to know is if this dentist even took the time to learn the family’s medical history, which could potentially offer evidence of potential risk. Did the dentist just walk out with a random recommendation and proceed to run up the family’s bill? I am having a difficult time believing this procedure was urgent in any way.