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    Dentist Kills Three Year Old



    A California girl died while undergoing a simple dental procedure on Monday, leaving her parents with unanswered questions in her death, her family said.

    Daleyza Avila Hernandez, 3, was getting two teeth pulled and caps put on two others at the Children's Dental Surgery Center in Stockton, east of San Francisco, her family told Fox 40.

    "My daughter was very healthy," Araceli Avila said. "All I did was I take my daughter to the dentist because they were going to fix her teeth, and about 30 minutes later they brought her back dead."

    Avila and her husband, Jose Hernandez, recalled seeing the toddler "vivacious and full of life" just before the procedure. The parents said they weren't allowed into the surgery room. But while waiting, Avila saw an ambulance pull up to the office.

    "And I stood up and went outside because I was like, 'they are coming for a kid,' but I never thought it was for my child," Avila said.

    A nurse told them their daughter's heart stopped, possibly from underlying heart issues. Daleyza Avila Hernandez was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

    David Thompson, the administrator of Children's Dental Surgery Center in Stockton, told Fox 40 that Hernandez had a reaction to the anesthetics during the procedure. She was stabilized before being transported to the hospital, though Thompson said he didn't know what caused her death. He added the girl's parents weren't allowed in the room due to sanitary rules.

    Thompson said staff members at the center were well trained and have years of experience.

    "We’re committed to helping kids every single day. That’s our mission, that’s why we’re here. It’s risky. Not everyone wants to do it," he told Fox 40.

    However, the Hernandez family said they still don't understand what led to their daughter's death.

    The Dental Board of California said in a statement to Fox News:

    "The Dental Board of California is aware of the tragic situation. An investigation is underway so specific details of the case cannot be shared at this time. Consumer protection is the board’s highest concern and we want to extend our deepest sympathy to the family."
    California girl dies during dental procedure, family says | Fox News

    What kind of dentist puts a three year old under general anesthesia in his office, so he can put on two caps and pull two BABY teeth?

    This obscenity is not an isolated incident. It occurs because dentists are reimbursed by Medicaid for procedures that very young children should never receive.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...suit/26969291/

    Revealing How Dentists Profit By Abusing Children - Nieman Reports

    https://crimewatchdaily.com/2017/03/...o-stand-trial/

    And, of course, because the state boards of dentistry around the country lack the intestinal fortitude to outlaw these practices and yank the licenses off these dentists.

    Monsters. Imagine spending all day, torturing children, killing a few, for no reason other than greed.
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    I don't know enough about it, but is this a common practice, the general anesthesia on children? Are you suggesting that dentists are doing this unnecessarily to receive medicaid benefits?

    Unnecessary baby root canals? Bonus money? Through her emotional tirade, McDaniel described business tactics that she believed encouraged unnecessary dental work on defenseless children. Profits made while the children suffered.

    McDaniel explained that production goals were set each day by corporate headquarters in Colorado. If the dentists exceeded them, the staff received big bonuses. She had no doubt this encouraged thousands of dollars a month in unnecessary work. She told me corporate contests were held among the clinics. Performing the highest number of baby root canals was the goal, because Medicaid reimbursed top dollars for them. The Langley Park Small Smiles clinic won the contest and had a trophy to show for it.
    I'm about to go into the insurance industry and it seems to me that the insurance companies, or the government in this case, should be reviewing the claims to determine if the dentists are abusing the system.

    They have an incentive to minimize those claims. Maybe not Medicaid because it's the government, but private insurance companies do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by libertariat720 View Post
    I don't know enough about it, but is this a common practice, the general anesthesia on children? Are you suggesting that dentists are doing this unnecessarily to receive medicaid benefits?



    I'm about to go into the insurance industry and it seems to me that the insurance companies, or the government in this case, should be reviewing the claims to determine if the dentists are abusing the system.

    They have an incentive to minimize those claims. Maybe not Medicaid because it's the government, but private insurance companies do.
    No insurance, public or private, should reimburse for care that is not medically necessary.

    Children do not begin to get permanent teeth until around age 6. Baby teeth with cavities probably should be dealt with by pulling that tooth and better at-home diet and hygiene.

    There is a risk associated with general anesthesia on anyone, especially a toddler. The dentist should never have considered this risk for this child.

    Congratulations on your new career!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    No insurance, public or private, should reimburse for care that is not medically necessary.

    Children do not begin to get permanent teeth until around age 6. Baby teeth with cavities probably should be dealt with by pulling that tooth and better at-home diet and hygiene.

    Ther is a risk associated with general anesthesia on anyone, especially a toddler. The dentist should never have considered this risk for this child.
    I agree. We'll see what happens to this doctor... if anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by libertariat720 View Post
    I agree. We'll see what happens to this doctor... if anything.
    There have been some criminal prosecutions around the country, but no systematic changes to stop it happening again.

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    Here's a little more stable report @Madeline. Seems that you believe Cosby is innocent (still to be determined), but this is clearly not your belief with this case. The mother says her child was "healthy"...how do we know? She took the child to a clinic that "specializes in treatments under general anaesthesia". I agree that it is wrong to do such as put caps on 'baby teeth', but there may have been a problem with the teeth that were to be pulled. As many others here are wont to say, I'll wait for the autopsy report. Neither you nor I know the entire story.

    (You and I, IIRC, had a difference of opinion on the OJ case, as well. I am much closer to that than you as my daughter knew and worked with Ron Goldman, a criminal drug dealer...she knew him to be a deplorable, contemptible person.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Friday13 View Post
    Here's a little more stable report @Madeline. Seems that you believe Cosby is innocent (still to be determined), but this is clearly not your belief with this case. The mother says her child was "healthy"...how do we know? She took the child to a clinic that "specializes in treatments under general anaesthesia". I agree that it is wrong to do such as put caps on 'baby teeth', but there may have been a problem with the teeth that were to be pulled. As many others here are wont to say, I'll wait for the autopsy report. Neither you nor I know the entire story.

    (You and I, IIRC, had a difference of opinion on the OJ case, as well. I am much closer to that than you as my daughter knew and worked with Ron Goldman, a criminal drug dealer...she knew him to be a deplorable, contemptible person.)
    God, I hate to think OJ could be innocent. The implications are too horrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    God, I hate to think OJ could be innocent. The implications are too horrible.
    OJ was a monster .... before and after he murder Nicole Brown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by libertariat720 View Post
    I don't know enough about it, but is this a common practice, the general anesthesia on children? Are you suggesting that dentists are doing this unnecessarily to receive medicaid benefits?



    I'm about to go into the insurance industry and it seems to me that the insurance companies, or the government in this case, should be reviewing the claims to determine if the dentists are abusing the system.

    They have an incentive to minimize those claims. Maybe not Medicaid because it's the government, but private insurance companies do.
    I am rather appalled that the child had a crown and fillings at 3 years old. Highly unusual, unless the Mother is not brushing their teeth or allowing them to lay in a crib with a bottle filled with a sugar type drink. This is sometimes referred to as "bottle rot" and in some cases is a red flag for neglect. It will be interesting what the autopsy says. It is not easy to perform dental procedures on children that young, since very few toddlers need it. They are not going to sit there and quietly allow you to pull a tooth or drill for cavities. The crown is suspicious tho for padding the bill...most dentists would not go to that length to save a baby tooth. I feel sorry for this child because this death could have been prevented with a tooth brush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John T Ford View Post
    OJ was a monster .... before and after he murder Nicole Brown.
    And, last I heard, he was up for parole and may be out this year...

    Hide the women and children.
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