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Dental anaesthesia complications and treatment errors

Most of us worry about visiting the dentist because we tend to link the visit with pain. However the professional dentist uses anaesthesia to ensure that when he is carrying out any treatment or invasive assessment, pain is blocked or minimalized. If the dentist fails to administer the anaesthesia to an acceptable standard, injury, complications or further treatment may result. In this type of situation you can make a dental negligence claim.

What is anaesthesia and how is it used by a dentist?

Anaesthesia refers to the practice of administering medications either by injection or by inhalation to block the feeling of pain and other sensations, or that produce a deep state of unconsciousness that eliminates all sensations.

In a dental surgery you are most likely to experience a local anaesthetic in the form of an injection. The dentist attempts to numb the part of the mouth where he will be carrying out surgical tasks. Where treatment is more involved or where the patient is more prone to nervousness the dentist may elect to use a general anaesthetic or sedative in order to effect relaxation or loss of consciousness.

What happens if the anaesthetic is not administered correctly?

The anaesthetic affects the nerves and the brain so an error could lead to a prolonged or exacerbated medical condition unrelated to the dental complaint. Misuse of an anaesthetic could result in death.

When would the Dentist's professional expertise be in question?

The dentist's professional standards would be in question if:

  • The local anaesthetic is administered incorrectly
  • There was a Failure to diagnose nerve damage following anaesthetic (this also includes delay in diagnosis)
  • The general anaesthetic was administered incorrectly
  • There was Inadequate administration of anaesthetic
  • There was Failure in reviewing a patient's medical notes (for instance taking into account allergy to cocaine etc.)
  • An incorrectly trained medical practitioner administered the anaesthetic
  • There was a failure to monitor a patients progress
  • And any other anaesthesia errors

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