On April 6, a 17-year-old Maryland girl passed away due to complications resulting from a standard wisdom tooth surgery. Ten days prior to her death, her wisdom tooth surgery took place. This standard surgery occurs roughly 5 million times each year in the United States.
On the day of surgery for the Maryland high school student, the oral surgeon and anesthesiologist handling her surgery did not monitor her oxygen levels efficiently, resulting in a case of hypoxia. Hypoxia occurs when not enough oxygen is distributed to the patient while under anesthesia.
According to the dental malpractice lawsuit, the parents of the teen believe that the doctors were acting negligently during the wisdom tooth surgery and failed to notice her decreasing heart rate.
Our condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.