14-month-old Texas girl dies following dental visit

Daisy Lynn Torres
Daisy Lynn Torres (KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners is investigating the death of a baby girl who died after receiving dental treatment at Austin Children’s Dentistry in Northwest Austin Tuesday.

The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office says 14-month-old Daisy Lynn Torres was taken to the North Austin Medical Center following a procedure at the dental office. Austin-Travis County EMS confirms they transported a baby girl from the dental office to the hospital around 7 a.m. The ME’s Office says the baby died five hours later. The child’s cause of death is still being determined pending the outcome of an autopsy, which is being done Wednesday.

A family friend started a fundraising site for the child’s mother. In the post, she says the child’s visit was for a cavity filling.

“We are absolutely devastated. She was our little baby girl. She was just going to the dentist and she never came home,” says Daisy Lynn’s father Elizandro Torres in a statement. “She was very smart. She was learning her ABCs and how to sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

Sarah Marshall, a spokesperson for Austin Children’s Dentistry, says the child’s death is “a tragedy” and indicated the girl’s visit was for a standard procedure. “[Austin Children’s Dentistry] has been in business for 40 years and these are the types of procedures that they handle all the time,” explains Marshall. Marshall says a doctor and anesthesiologist were in the room at the time of the procedure.

Janice Hernandez was in the waiting room of the dental office when paramedics took Daisy Lynn out. She tells KXAN her daughter was about to go in for a procedure that required sedation as well. “You immediately as a parent put yourself in those shoes. You don’t want to think about it but it’s possible. It can happen to anybody’s kid,” says Janice Hernandez. “She no longer gets to go home. She doesn’t have her family anymore. Her family doesn’t have her. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it. It’s a really scary thing.”

Levels of Sedation for Dentists
(1) Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Inhalation Sedation;
(2) Level 1: Minimal Sedation;
(3) Level 2: Moderate Sedation limited to enteral routes of administration;
(4) Level 3: Moderate Sedation which includes parenteral routes of administration;
(5) Level 4: Deep Sedation or General Anesthesia.

The company’s website shows six doctors on staff, none of which have any disciplinary actions filed against them with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. Austin Children’s Dentistry operates five locations in Travis and Williamson County.

The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners says a dentist is required to report a death that could be related to dental treatment within 72 hours.

Click here to search for any disciplinary actions against a Texas dentist.

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