Boy, 4, dies after routine anesthesia for dental procedure, mom says

Instead of giving him gas to go to sleep for the surgery, Curry said an anesthesiologist gave him a shot, and she rocked him until he fell asleep. "He was crying, not hysterically just whining", said his mother Thmeka Curry.

After the procedure, Mykel was breathing but wasn't waking up.

Dr. Jade Miller, the president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, told KOIN 6 News he is aware of Mykel's death - and of 3 others in recent years involving young children anesthetized at a dentist's office.

The Washington State Department of Health is now reviewing the case to decide if they will open an investigation.

Drug test results will take several weeks to determine the cause and manner of how Mykel died. At least three children died while under dental anesthesia previous year in the US.

"Make sure they clarify what's going on".

Curry says that she wishes she had asked more questions. If the doctors don't say anything, ask.

4yo Mykel Peterson died Friday after going under anesthesia at Vanc. dentist office. But one person who answered the knock by KOIN 6 News would only say, "We will be releasing a statement". We will continue our devotion to providing the best care to our patients, ' the clinic said.

Must Love Kids said in a statement that staff were "heartbroken and devastated" by Mykel's death but could not comment on specifics given the medical examiner's investigation.

Thmeka said her son was a sweet and happy boy, and he was developmentally delayed, which is why they went to this particular dental office that specialized in treating children with special needs. We contract with an independent, highly qualified and experienced board-certified anesthesiologist for anesthesia services who follow strict protocols, including a pre-operative checkup and clearance by the child's primary physician prior to the procedure. Monisha and Prashant Gagneja, are board-certified pediatric dentists and between them have 28 years in the practice of pediatric dentistry.

  • Joanne Flowers