Dentists’ Access to Anesthesia Is Being Examined in Texas After Multiple Concerned Reports

The Anesthesia Committee with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners is meeting Friday afternoon to discuss possible changes when it comes to the permitting process for dentists who offer anesthesia for dental procedures. This committee only meets on an as needed basis. Earlier this year KXAN reported the Sunset Commission found 112 statewide complaints concerning anesthesia being administered at a dentist office between 2012-2015. Forty-one cases were noted because they were related to a patient death and some component of anesthesia. Only 2 of those 41 resulted in a death that was directly related to dental procedures/anesthesia.

One case in Central Texas that’s received attention because of the anesthesia component is Daisy Lynn Torres. The 14-month old died in March after she went in for work on cavities. The medical examiner said anesthesia was to blame for her death. The autopsy report said she likely had a severe reaction.

According to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, the anesthesia committee plans to review how permits are issued, the education a dentist must receive, and their training for both adult and pediatric dentists.

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