Pediatric dentists access Baltimore hospital's OR for high-risk operations

A new program at Laurel Regional Hospital will allow pediatric dentists to use their operating rooms, which gives the dentist access to anesthesiologists and resources to complete the operation in one sitting, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Jerome S. Casper, DMD, is currently the only dentist with a practice with access to this new program, and who switched from a previous hospital due to the long waiting times for his patients, reports The Baltimore Sun.

"Laurel Hospital has been wonderful to us," said Dr. Casper to The Baltimore Sun. "The anesthesiologists and staff have been so wonderful to us and the young children. They're as good as any place we've been to before. I've been telling the staff, 'You could've fooled me that you weren't doing pediatric dental cases before, because it's been so seamless.'"

Trudy Hall, MD, Laurel Regional's vice president of medical affairs, told The Baltimore Sun the program is not incredibly profitable for the hospital, but is more an "ethical decision" out of responsibility as a healthcare institution.

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