Via USA Today......
A Houston family is considering a lawsuit against a dentist after their child suffered brain damage from multiple seizures during the visit.
Attorneys say the seizures were brought on by the use of several sedatives and a sometimes controversial restraint device.
“In essence what happened is this child was chemically and physically suffocated,” said Jim Moriarty the attorney for the family of 4-year-old Nevaeh Hall. “This child suffered massive brain damage during that time period and that didn’t have to happen.”
It wasn’t Nevaeh’s first time at Diamond Dental in Houston. Her mother, Courissa Clark, said it was her third visit and that she expected some of her daughter’s teeth to be capped or even removed because of decay.
Nevaeh’s records show she was given multiple sedatives: “sedated in the office for over seven hours, given five sedatives for a routine dental procedure that should have been done and over by mid morning.”
The child had been placed in a commonly used restraint device called a papoose. The device confines the child’s arms and legs so they can’t interfere with the dental procedure.
“And I can tell you that this chart shows you that this child was essentially tortured,” said Moriarty, holding a printout of the oxygen, blood pressure, and pulse measurements recorded during the visit.