Mother of Teen Who Died After Dental Surgery Advocates for Dental Safety

Posted on October 9, 2013


The mother of a Maryland teenager who died after dental surgery wants to see all pediatric dental procedures that use general anesthesia take place in hospitals someday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

But for now, Cathy Garger hopes to shed light on dangers surrounding routine dental visits that she believes led to the death of her daughter, 17-year-old Jennifer Michelle “Jenny” Olenick, and other pediatric patients. Olenick, a high-school junior, died in April 2011, 10 days after losing oxygen during a wisdom tooth extraction procedure at an oral surgeon’s Columbia, Md., office.

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