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Chicago Principal Dies of Heart Attack at Dentist Office During Routine Root Canal
Friday, January 11th, 2008

It was recently reported that Georgette Watson, a 46-year old woman who worked as a principal at a Chicago middle school, died of a heart attack while under sedation for the performance of a routine root canal at her dentist.

A root canal is a procedure to save an inflamed or infected tooth. Dentists remove damaged tissue inside the tooth, disinfect and fill the area, and then seal it off. Experts said that more than 17 million root canals are performed every year in the U.S. and that a death during the procedure is highly unusual.

The licenses of the dentists who had performed the procedure had been put on probation in July due to substandard dental work and failure to maintain records. However, dentists on probation are allowed to continue practicing with certain restrictions, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Web.

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2 Responses to “Chicago Principal Dies of Heart Attack at Dentist Office During Routine Root Canal”

  1. it could have just been bad time and place… this is every dentist’s worst nightmare.

  2. Tom D'Amore says:

    In this case, it seems the patient was not properly monitored while under sedation, had been given too large of a dose of painkillers, and the office personnel was not properly trained in how to handle emergencies.

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