Can a Person Die from Having Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?


In a nutshell, a person can die from having wisdom teeth removed. This was the tragic  case with Sydney Gallager. Sydney was just 17 years old when this happened to her. She was a healthy 17 year old who was on the swim team and enjoyed skiing. After having her wisdom teeth removed, she incurred seizures and didn’t have a pulse. She was totally unresponsive and didn’t have a heartbeat. A week after the procedure, she was declared brain dead in the hospital. Sydney’s parents filed a wrongful death suit against the oral surgeon. There were many allegations in that death was alleged that the dentist did not respond properly to the emergency. It was also alleged that the anesthesia was administered incorrectly and that there wasn’t proper monitoring during the procedure. Her parents settled for over 1 million. The dentist to perform the procedure did not admit to any wrongdoing. However, his license was temporarily suspended and then reinstated.

This is definitely a rare occurrence, but it is important to know that death and cardiac arrest can happen during a procedure with dental anesthesia. The American Dental Association recommends guardians and parents to always inquire whether or not a child will be conscious or unconscious during a dental procedure. They also recommend you inquire that the person administering the anesthesia has up-to-date training. In addition, they advise that you discuss any concerns you have about the procedure. This includes during the procedure and afterwards. That’s because complications can be triggered just by having wisdom teeth removed.


When this happens to Sydney, it was unknown if she had a hidden heart condition or not. But a week after the procedure, she was in the hospital suffering from brain swelling and seizures and had to have surgery. The brain surgery was performed to release pressure on the brain.

Just about everyone has known somebody who had the wisdom teeth removed. This type of news is not only tragic, it’s downright scary, but unusual things such as this one do crop up about every two years. Two years before this happened to Sydney, another teen had died from having their wisdom teeth removed. This death was caused by oxygen deprivation while under anesthesia. According to the American Journal of Public Health, most deaths that occur when having wisdom teeth removed do happen in healthy people. In addition, the American Journal of Public Health reports that these incidents are typically related to general anesthesia or IV sedation. Over 4 million Americans have their wisdom teeth removed every year. The experts aren’t sure about how many people die from this procedure. However, it is reported that approximately one in 355,000 patients suffer a brain injury or death while being sedated for oral surgery. This statistic has been collected by the OMS National Insurance. Other experts state that wisdom teeth can be removed without general anesthesia or IV sedation. It is also important to note that wisdom teeth removal can lead to excessive bleeding. Most experts agree that dying from having wisdom teeth removed is a very low risk. Many young and healthy people get their wisdom teeth removed. And they have it done without incident. But even one death is one too many.  Having the wisdom teeth removed is usually done as a preventative measure, just like an appendectomy. Some experts feel that if there are legitimate reasons to have the wisdom teeth removed, then they should be removed, but they feel wisdom teeth should be removed with a local anesthetic and not an IV sedation or anesthesia. People should not put themselves at risk. And there was always some level of risk with surgery. Also, it is important to note that the risk of wisdom tooth removal does increase after one turns 25. People should always consider the risk when considering wisdom tooth removal.

Losing a spouse or child due to having wisdom cheese removed is devastating. Nobody expects it to happen. If this should happen to you, be sure to contact Strong Law Attorneys. They have experience in these types of cases. They will assist you in letting you know whether or not you are entitled to filing a wrongful death lawsuit. They also have a team of medical experts for testimony. Winning a lawsuit is always an uphill battle. That’s why you need an experienced attorney in your corner. An attorney can help you get justice for your loved one and your family. In a case as serious as this, it is never wise to try and do it on your own. You can be sure that the defendant will have an experienced attorney and a whole team of medical experts of their own to challenge you. And likely, the defendant is not going to admit to any wrongdoing. Be sure to hire your own attorney for the best outcome and get the compensation that you deserve with an attorney on your side.

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