4-year-old boy dies after visit to Oakland dental office; case under investigation

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State regulators are investigating the death of a four-year-old boy who died after undergoing a procedure at a dental office in Oakland. 

The Dental Board of California (DBC) has launched an investigation after four-year-old Lý Trí Dũng was treated at the Youthful Tooth office on April 24. 

The boy’s family said after two doses of anesthesia, the boy stopped breathing. He was then rushed to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland where he was pronounced dead the next evening. 

The family has set up a GoFundMe page for the boy’s parents. The family is said to not be “well off” and immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam in 2017. 

San Francisco Chronicle reported the DBC is looking into whether or not a violation of the Dental Practice Act took place, but they declined to give any further details on the case.