Toddlers Dying at the Dentist

In the past few months, I have noticed several articles about small children dying at the dentist office.  The articles have a couple of notable similarities.

  • The children are extremely young (under 6 years old) and were given a mixture of sedative drugs, so the procedures could be done while they were asleep.
  • The articles said the children were all receiving routine dental work, such as crowns and root canals.

Why are these procedures considered routine for toddlers?  I don’t understand why a toddler needs crowns or root canals.  Their teeth will fall out in a couple of years anyway.  Wouldn’t it be  safer to remove the tooth?  It seems awfully risky to pump large amounts of anesthetic drugs into such small children for a procedure that isn’t really necessary.

I also wonder why this is happening.  Has our society become so vain that we will risk the lives of little children, so they don’t have to spend a few years with a missing tooth?  Are the dentist in these cases so materialistic that they will risk the lives of children for substantial profit?

I admit, I don’t have kids.  Also, I have never worked at a dental office.  Is there something I am missing?  Is there any valid reasons little children need crowns or root canals?  I would love to know what you think, especially if you have any experience in the dental field or if you have raised children.