Assemblymember Tony Thurmond Released A Statement About Educating Families On Anesthesia Options Available For Dental Procedures On Children

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sacramento – Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) released a statement about educating families on anesthesia options available for dental procedures on children:

“The tragic losses of Daleyza Avila-Hernández and Caleb Sears serve as reminders that we have to do a better job of educating families about options available when children receive dental anesthesia. Oral surgeons are the only medical professionals who both perform the dental procedure and administer anesthesia, but this need not be the case.” 

“Parents should know that they can request for a third-party anesthesiologist to administer anesthesia to children undergoing dental procedures.  That is their right by law.  If parents do not ask, however, dentists are free to perform the procedure and administer anesthesia at the same time.  Please spread the word to all friends with children receiving dental anesthesia.  We must do everything we can to ensure that no more children pass away in a dental office.”

“Last year, the Governor signed into law my Assembly Bill 2235 or “Caleb’s Law” which asked the California Dental Board to produce a series of recommendations to improve the safety of pediatric dental anesthesia.  The Board voted to recommend that for children under seven, there be a person independently administering anesthesia, separate from the practicing dentist.  This year, I introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 224 to codify the Board’s recommendations.  In the last month, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry issued a similar guideline for dental office deep sedation which recommends an independent anesthesia provider along with the dentist.”

Please do all you can to make sure that your friends and family are aware of the potential dangers of anesthesia and their right to request a separate anesthesiologist when undergoing dental procedures.