The California Dental Board is accusing a local dentist of involvement in the death of a three-year-old boy earlier this year.
A complaint filed with the Attorney General’s office by Karen M. Fischer, executive officer of the Dental Board, accuses Dr. M. Camila Borrero, DDS of gross negligence, repeated acts of negligence, incompetence and unprofessional conduct.
According to the allegation, the unidentified boy was brought in for dental treatment to Borrero’s clinic, Children’s Dental Fun Zone, 569 W. Lowell Ave., Ste. 200, on Feb. 24. The child reportedly had several cavities and needed his teeth cleaned. Borrero allegedly told his parents that the work was so extensive that she recommended sedating the boy for the procedure.
The complaint, filed on Sept. 3, states that the child was sedated at approximately 10:07 a.m. and treatment began at about 10:30 a.m. The treatment finished, according to the narrative, at about 2:30 p.m.
The child was moved to a recovery room where he was monitored until approximately 4:30 p.m., according to the complaint. At that time, Fischer writes, the boy’s heart rate began to increase and his oxygen levels dropped.
According to police dispatch logs on that day, paramedics were called to the clinic at 5:28 p.m. The boy was transferred to Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and then later than night to Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara. The boy died in the hospital on March 1 after his parents agreed to remove him from a ventilator and he was unable to breathe on his own.
According to the complaint, Borrero administered a local anesthetic called Xylocaine and a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen as a sedative. Borrero is accused of not recording the two times that the boy vomited during the procedure, allowing the anesthetic to wear off during the procedure and not recording his heart rate and other vital information throughout the day.
Arthur Curley, Borrero’s lawyer and a partner with firm of Bradley, Curley, Asiano, Barrabee and Kowalski of Larkspur, spoke with the Press on Thursday.
“The doctor did not do anything inappropriate that led to the child’s demise,” Curley said, adding that the Dental Board had not yet provided him with the evidence or testimony in the allegation. “We will respond appropriately to the accusation but have not seen the basis of it. Because of privacy rights. We can’t reveal any of the information that we do know.”
The complaint requests a hearing to determine whether to suspend or revoke Borrero’s dental license, suspend or revoke her permit to administer sedatives and levy possible fines.