New guidelines regulate sedative use on patients

Published On: Jan 27 2014 05:56:00 PM HST

New guidelines went into effect Monday governing how dentists in Hawaii use sedatives on patients.

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Family dentist Dr. John Jones says the more rules the better.

"Both physicians and dentists we’re trained. The Hippocratic oath is first of all to do no harm. That’s the basic before you work on any patient. You always want to make sure the outcome is better than what they start with,” said Dr. John Jones.

Earlier this month Governor Abercrombie signed new rules for when dentists administer drugs. The new law states that dentists must complete an advance dental education program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation or CODA and approved by the board that provides comprehensive training necessary. And current documented proficiency in Basic and Cardiac Advanced Life Support."

But, most general dentists, like Jones, opt to refer business to oral surgeons for clients who have to undergo sedation.

"We’ve had patients who were scheduled for surgery and their blood pressure were too high and we sent them to the hospital and postponed their procedure,” said Jones.

This new bill comes after the death of three-year-old Finley Boyle who went into cardiac arrest after oral sedation in the Kailua office of dentist Lilly Geyer.

In December, Finley slipped into a coma after the Dentist and her staff reportedly did not properly administer or monitor drug dosages...during a pediatric root canal.

The procedure left the girl brain dead ultimately killing her earlier this month. Her mother filed a lawsuit against dentist Lilly Geyer and her staff. Island Dentistry has been permanently closed since.


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