4-Year-Old Dies During Routine Dental Procedure

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 21, 2017

A Washington mother is waiting for answers to why her four year old son died last week - after receiving anesthesia at the dentist.

Mykel Peterson was on the autism spectrum, which made visits to the dentist a challenge.

"He wouldn't keep his mouth open so they can actually see what's going on", Curry explained. Curry said she took her pre-schooler to the Must Love Kids dental practice in Vancouver for planned tooth surgery - a place they had been to before. Monisha and Prashant Gagneja, are board-certified pediatric dentists and between them have 28 years in the practice of pediatric dentistry. Mykel reportedly was given a shot of Ketamine, a common anesthesia drug, so that he would be sedated while the dentist checked to see if he needed a filling or crown, KGW8 reported.

According to a family donation page, Mykel W. Peterson went to the dentist for a routine procedure, during which, his dentist suggested some work that would fix previous treatment. "He's had it done before, so it wasn't anything I was afraid of", she said.

Staff members began administering CPR, and paramedics were called to the office.

The Washington State Department of Health is now reviewing the case to decide if they will open an investigation. FOX News reports that a toxicology report will not be available for up to eight weeks.

"For me right now, it's more of I just need to know what happened", Curry told KATU. She adds that she can not have closure until she knows why Mykel died. A statement from Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry said it would be premature to comment on the specifics of the case, but that the office has carried out dentistry for pediatric patients under deep sedation and general anesthesia more than 1,900 times without incident over the last three years.

"He will be forever loved for the way that he selflessly loved them and for the memories he left.He was loved by all and will be truly missed", the family wrote on Mykel's Go Fund Me page, where people can donate to cover the costs of Mykel's funeral. He had a honest love for his family.

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