The Dallas Morning News’ investigation of deadly dentist uncovered that since 2010 approximately 1000 dental patients have died due to the negligence of dentists, their assistants and paid anesthetic subcontractors. It is impossible to estimate how many more have been seriously harmed. The Dallas Morning News claims that it is not their intention to scare people away from taking their children to the dentist, or going themselves, and have created a list of questions that you should ask before visiting a dentist.
Of all of the questions that the The Dallas Morning News recommends that you should ask, the one that strikes me as the most important is “have you checked out your dentist online?” It is recommended that you use the internet to do as much research as possible into your dentist’s background by searching on the internet for any malpractice history or complaints that your dentist may have lodged against him/her. Google the dentist’s name and also check the news tabs to see if there were any high-profile cases that he/she may have been involved in. You could call a local dental malpractice lawyer and ask if they know of any state agencies that keep records of cases of dental discipline.
Ask your friends, business associates and neighbors to refer you to a dentist that they have used for a long time.
Above all, read any brochures that you are given or written instruction that you are to follow very carefully prior to treatment. Request an appointment with your dentist for the purpose of asking any question that you have come up with such as what sedative you or your child will be given and in what quantities. Ask your dentist what training he has in administering these drugs and what would he do in an emergency if something unexpected goes wrong. Ask how long after the treatment will you or your child be required to stay in the office and insist that you are given ample water to drink.
Thousands of people are killed by dental malpractice every year. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by the negligence of a dentist, the staff or their anesthetic contractor, give our law offices a call. We are experienced and knowledgeable dental malpractice attorneys and are waiting to speak with you free of charge.
Article Credit: Original Dallas Morning News Deadly Denistry Series