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One of children's greatest fears has long been the dentist. Dental sedation, or the practice of using drugs to relax or knock out a patient prior to a procedure, may be far more dangerous than people realize, accounting for at least 31 child deaths over the past 15 years, according to ) reports.
Since 2007, 18,000 dentists across the country have taken weekend-long courses in oral sedation to gain training in techniques that can cost patients tens of thousands of dollars extra in bills per year, but some say the hotel-conference style seminars give a false sense of security.
Still, the extra cash that comes from dental sedation may cause some dentists to overlook the risk.
A dentist with DOCS Education, a company offering training in dental sedation, wrote that the practice can put "as much as half a million extra in your pocket at retirement." Its website even features a shopping cart.
"Nothing could be further from the truth." But the dangers of anesthesia aren’t limited to the field of dentistry alone.
He did not have access to case notes and legal findings.(CNN) -- If the kids become too much to handle, slip 'em a little cold medicine.