A 4-year-old Vancouver boy died of multiple drug intoxication after receiving anesthesia during a dental procedure in March, the Clark County Medical Examiner’s office announced Friday.
Mykel Wayne Peterson died March 10 after undergoing dental work at Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry, 601 S.E. 117th Ave., in Vancouver. The medical examiner’s office determined multiple drug intoxication from anesthesia used for the restoration of cavities was the cause of the boy’s death. The manner of death was natural, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Soon after the boy’s death, the Washington State Medical Commission and the state Dental Quality Assurance Commission launched investigations into the providers who treated Mykel.
The medical commission investigation is ongoing. The dental commission investigation has been completed. The findings are now before a review commission that will determine the next steps, said David Johnson, a state Department of Health spokesman. There is no timeline for when a decision will be made by the review commission.
Cases with completed investigations will either be closed or statements of charges will be filed, which could lead to disciplinary action against the providers.
In the meantime, the providers can continue to see patients, and the pediatric dental office remains open. The health department does not release the names of providers unless formal charges are filed.