October 24, 2016
by Alexandra Zabjek, CBC News
Alberta is one of just two provinces where dentists with specialized training both administer general anesthetic and perform a dental procedure on a patient, according to a CBC inquiry.
The majority of provinces require at least two “operators” be present in accredited dental offices to do such work — one person to deliver the sedative drugs and another to perform the procedure.
Last month, a four-year-old Edmonton girl was rushed to hospital after receiving general anesthetic at a downtown dental office. According to her family, the child stopped breathing for an unknown length of time and suffered permanent brain damage.
To view the full story, please visit: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/anesthesia-in-alberta-dental-offices-questioned-after-girl-suffers-brain-damage-1.3816043
In the United Kingdom the practice of General Anaesthesia in dental clinics was banned by the government because it was simply too dangerous.
There were cases of young health children dying in dental clinics from general anaesthesia and this was deemed to be unacceptable.
In the UK you can only have a general anaesthetic in a hospital setting although light sedation can still be administered in dental clinics.
Dr Singh BM MRCP FRCA FICM
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