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Dental Sedation Deaths #553296

NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 23, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(San Francisco, California: Robert Bazell) Dentists using anesthesiology for in- office procedures discussed; details given, scenes shown. Dentists in 20 states said able to perform anesthesia without proper training. Jody Saffire's death said resulting from improper use of sedation in dentist's office. [Jody's MOTHER - says the dentist, Dr. William Miller, saw after extracting 3rd tooth that she was struggling to breath and pulse was faint. Dr. Miller then gave Jody shot to reverse anesthesia, but it did not.] Parents of girl now working to pass California law to regulate sedation in dentistry. Various bills not passed as dentists said still able to practice sedation unregulated. [Dr. Don. ZIMMERMAN - says someone needs extensive training before undertaking the administering of anesthesia and patients need to look into who is properly trained.] Dentists said urging that sedation remain but that regulation needed.

Bazell, Robert;
Brokaw, Tom

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