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5 Year old girl dies after being in coma following dental sedation

A 5 year old Chicago girl, who entered a coma while sedated for undergoing a dental treatment of 2 cavities and caps being placed on her lower teeth. has passed away.

It has been said that she was given a triple dose of sedatives _ an oral agent, an intravenous drug and nitrous oxide gas _ during Saturday's exam at Little Angel Dental.

The girl's mother, Ommettress Travis, has said she was asked to leave the room during the half-hour procedure. When she returned, her daughter was lying in the dental chair, not breathing, Travis said.

From what I understand, the familys' attorneys are getting the equipment that was used during the sedation checked  by professionals, and are also checking other dental records etc. to see if their case has any merit.

Dental services in crisis as graduates cut to 1950s level

The Australian-The Nation Reports

Matthew Franklin
September 28, 2006

THE number of students graduating in dentistry has fallen to levels not seen since the 1950s, leading to calls for a major boost in university funding.

With up to 650,000 people on waiting lists for publicly funded dental care, the Australian Dental Association yesterday attacked the Howard Government for failing to properly fund dental education.

And it warned that young dentists were now unwilling to work in the public sector because they needed the higher pay offered by the private sector to cover their massive student debts.

Are kids Safe at the Dentist - CBS News Video

This turmoil all started after a 5 year old girl got into a coma after being sedated in a dental clinic in Chicago.  She was given 3 different sedatives and after the dental work was done, she never woke up, this following link is to the CBS News page which has an interview with Dr. Edward Fisher.

Bethany Insurance Rate Increase Defies National Trend

CHICAGO, IL (September 27, 2006) – Bethany Benefit Services medical insurance rates this coming year will increase five percent, defying predictions by some analysts calling for national group medical insurance rates to increase on average by 12 percent in 2007.

The Covenant program provides coverage for pastors, employees of local Covenant churches and regional conferences, conference centers and camps, Covenant pastors who work for voluntary employers of the Covenant Pension Plan, and denominational offices. Medical coverage is available for employees who work at least 20 hours a week.

Gum disease linked to heart disease


People below the age of 60 who have lost bone as a result of periodontal disease have an increased risk of heart disease, found a Danish study.

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen studied 110 patients with coronary heart disease and 140 people without coronary heart disease. The mean age was 65 years, and 70 percent of the participants were male. All 250 participants received a medical and dental examination.