Saturday, February 16, 2019

Tailwind Capital's Dental Service Organization Investments: Benevis and Lone Peak

Just an FYI:

Smiles 4 Kids and Kool Smiles are both now operated by Tailwind Capital.

Benevis is Kool Smiles and Resolution Dental
Lone Peak is Smiles 4 Kids as well as a few other names.


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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Toddler who died after dental procedure at Kool Smiles was hooked up to empty oxygen tank as staff muted heart alarm: lawsuit

Toddler who died after dental procedure was hooked up to empty oxygen tank as staff muted heart alarm: lawsuit

Jan 9, 2019

The heartbroken family of a 2-year-old boy who died after a visit to the dentist last year is suing the Arizona clinic, claiming that a staff member repeatedly muted the alarm on a heart monitor that he was hooked up to, and that the oxygen tank he was supposed to be receiving supplemental air from was either faulty or empty.

Zion Gastelum’s mother, Veronica, brought her son to the Kool Smiles dental clinic in Yuma in December 2017 after it was determined that the boy needed crowns to address severe cavities. According to a police report obtained by ABC 15, Aaron Roberts was contracted by the clinic and was supervising the procedure, and a dentist later told responding officers that the procedure had gone “well.”

According to the family’s lawsuit, while under general anesthesia Zion had nine of his baby teeth worked on, including root canals and crowns on six of them. The complaint alleges that X-rays or further investigative exams were not conducted to confirm that the nine procedures were necessary.

Read more here.


Related:

Police report offers new details in case of 2-year-old who died after Yuma dental appointment

DOJ: Kool Smiles dental clinics to pay $23.9 million, allegedly submitted false claims

Saturday, January 19, 2019

150 families have now filed lawsuits in Orange County Superior Court , Santa Ana, California against Children’s Dental Group — Number is expected to grow

By Deepa Bharath | dbharath@scng.com | Orange County Register
PUBLISHED: January 16, 2019 at 6:11 pm | UPDATED: January 18, 2019 at 2:19 pm
                              
IRVINE — Sixty-five families whose children were infected by rare bacteria when they underwent pulpotomies, or “baby root canals,” at an Anaheim clinic two years ago filed a lawsuit Wednesday, Jan. 16, naming the clinic, its operators, the company that installs and maintains water filtration systems, and several dentists.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, alleges that Children’s Dental Group and dentists who provided services there performed hundreds if not thousands of unnecessary pulpotomies on children. Potentially deadly Mycobacterium abscesses was found in several samples the county’s Health Care Agency took from the clinic’s water system. 

The children, ages 3 to 9, all underwent pulpotomies at the clinic between April and July 2016. In all, 500 children underwent the procedure during that time.

Children’s Dental Group has since become part of Western Dental. The clinic in question on East Lincoln Avenue is not owned or operated by Western Dental, but has changed hands.
So far, 150 families have filed lawsuits against the clinic and the number is expected to grow, said Dan Hodes, Irvine-based medical malpractice lawyer who is representing the children and their families.

READ THE ENTIRE UPDATE ON THIS STORY HERE