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Unread 04-29-2010, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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5-Yr. Old Dies While at the Dentist's Office.....

CEDAR KEY, Fla. -- A family in Cedar Key is trying to come to grips with the sudden death of its 5-year-old son while he was at the dentist.

Last Thursday, Dylan Stewart's parents took him to the dentist to get some fillings.

Ashley Hinkle, a Stewart family friend, said Dylan was given the sedative chloral hydrate at Dr. Ronnie Grundset's office in Gainesville to make him go to sleep, but sometime after he was under, he stopped breathing.

Paramedics took Dylan to Shands, where they pronounced him dead after 45 minutes.

Hinkle said Dylan had no known allergies, and his parents weren't told about any potential side effects.

Grundset would not comment about the boy's death.

Two of Dylan's siblings were also given the same sedative at Grundset's practice and didn't have complications.

Alachua County sheriff's deputies said they are waiting for the Medical Examiner's report before they'll comment on the case. They expect to receive it in about six weeks.

For those who knew Dylan, they said the hardest part is waiting to find out what happened.

In memory of their star pitcher, Dylan's T-ball game in Chiefland was canceled for Wednesday night. His coach said the team couldn't go on without him.

A memorial fund has been set up for the Stewart family at Drummond Community Bank in Cedar Key.

Jacksonville oral surgeon Dr. Scott Imray said there are questions parents need to ask before letting a dentist put their child to sleep:

Who will put the child to sleep and where?

Will it be done in the office or at a surgical center or hospital?

What experience does the dentist have?

Are they certified in advanced cardiac life support? Do they know what to do if something goes wrong?

What kind of emergency equipment does the dentist have in the office?

5-Year-Old Dies While At Dentist - Jacksonville News Story - WJXT Jacksonville
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Unread 04-29-2010, 12:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Awful! Very sad.
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Unread 04-29-2010, 12:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How awful!! People never know how they will react to certain medication. It is always best to ask questions and make sure that the dentist has knowledge or even have a crash cart in their office.

This is Sad indeed. It was not too long ago a little girl passed away at a dentist office, due to choking on a tooth that the dentist pulled and then fell in the girls throat.
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How awful!! People never know how they will react to certain medication. It is always best to ask questions and make sure that the dentist has knowledge or even have a crash cart in their office.

This is Sad indeed. It was not too long ago a little girl passed away at a dentist office, due to choking on a tooth that the dentist pulled and then fell in the girls throat.
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Unread 04-29-2010, 12:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This is so sad! My childhood friend Robbie died the same way Dylan died. He was only 9 years old - this was about 30-31 years ago.
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Unread 04-29-2010, 12:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Unread 04-29-2010, 02:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That's weird. My kids' pediatric dentist would only use laughing gas. She said that if the child needs to be sedated, it must be done in a hospital.

I'm very sorry for these parents. I hope that other parents will learn from this tragic story.
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Unread 04-30-2010, 10:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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All kids' dental treatment such as fillings, teeth removal are strictly done in hospitals, and they have to stay for around 2-4 hours after surgery just to make sure they're fine. Laughing gas is also used.

Tragic story!!
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