Lee Fleisher, MSNBC, Dental Anesthesia Issues

Lee Fleisher, MSNBC, Dental Anesthesia Issues

LDI Senior Fellow and anesthesiologist Lee Fleisher, MD, is featured in an MSNBC story about a 17-year-old girl who died during a dental procedure. Her autopsy cited "hypoxia while under anesthesia for a tooth extraction." Fleisher, a Penn professor and chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, noted safety procedures patients should keep in mind when scheduling dental surgeries.

"First," he said, "you want to make sure that there will be someone other than the surgeon monitoring your blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. “It’s also appropriate to ask what kind of monitoring equipment will be there and who will be doing the monitoring. Do they have the proper equipment if someone stops breathing? Do they have a plan to deal with emergencies?” 

He suggested that for those with serious medical conditions, it might make sense to talk to your internist before scheduling a dental procedure that will require anesthesia.