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U.S. lacks data on deaths due to dental sedatives

News stories are the only source and likely cover only a fraction of cases, a report says

By Susan Essoyan

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 26, 2014

~~<p>The tales are heart-rending, with photos of vibrant, smiling children whose lives were cut short after their parents tried to take care of them by visiting a dentist.</p>
<p>&quot;It's very hard to read these stories,&quot; said Dr. Helen H. Lee, an anesthesiologist and the lead author of a 2013 article in Pediatric Anesthesia that reviewed news reports of children who died after dental sedation.</p>
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The tales are heart-rending, with photos of vibrant, smiling children whose lives were cut short after their parents tried to take care of them by visiting a dentist.

"It's very hard to read these stories," said Dr. Helen H. Lee, an anesthesiologist and the lead author of a 2013 article in Pediatric Anesthesia that reviewed news reports of children who died after dental sedation. Login for more...



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