Experts advise against using anesthesia whenever possible to reduce the risk of procedural complications. Dr. Robert Delarosa, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, previously told that the treatment is used to sedate children who may squirm during a dental procedure and injure themselves, but that it should be used sparingly.

Dr. Melanson’s attorney, whom Inside Edition did not name, issued a statement to the news website, saying: “There is no evidence that either the mother, the anesthesiologist, or the dentist did anything to cause the event. The best interest of the child was everyone’s only goal. Our hearts continue to go out to the family.”

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