Teen dies after dental surgery; mother advocates hospital-based dental procedures

The mother of a Howard County teenager who died after dental surgery wants to see all pediatric dental procedures that use general anesthesia take place in hospitals someday.

By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun
June 30, 2013

The mother of a Howard County teenager who died after dental surgery wants to see all pediatric dental procedures that use general anesthesia take place in hospitals someday.
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But for now, Cathy Garger hopes to shed light on dangers surrounding routine dental visits that she believes led to the death of her daughter, 17-year-old Jennifer Michelle "Jenny" Olenick, and other pediatric patients. Olenick, a junior at Marriotts Ridge High School, died in April 2011, 10 days after losing oxygen during a wisdom tooth extraction procedure at an oral surgeon's Columbia office.

"I had never heard of anything going wrong in a dentist's office before, so at first when Jenny died, I thought, 'This is a freak accident. This doesn't happen to other people,'" said Garger, who had been a stay-at-home mom to her only child.

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