The practice of the dental profession can become challenging. There is a need to follow several rules and regulations in order to prevent revocation of the licenses. In the past, several cases were filed against different dentists for misconduct and gross negligence.
Jenny, a Texas dentist, was one of those dentist who were charged before the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). She obtained a license to engage in dentistry right after she graduated from dental school Her license allowed her to conduct dental health care services in the state of Texas.
She received a notice from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). The said notice indicated the fact that a complaint was filed against her for the violation of the Dental Practice Act as well as other state laws and regulations. The complaint indicated the following:
During the time period from October 29, 2010, through January 24, 2011, Respondent engaged in dishonorable conduct by grossly overprescribing narcotic medication and/or prescribing narcotic medication for a non-dental purpose to patient 1.
Specifically, Respondent prescribed 256 doses of Hydrocodone to patient 1, following restoration of tooth number 31 and application f resin to teeth numbers 8 and 9. The treatment record indicates Respondent issued a prescription to patient 1 for the non-dental treatment of migraine headaches.
During the time period from October 29, 2010, through January 24, 2011, Respondent failed to comply with the laws and regulations of dentistry by performing medical acts beyond the scope of the practice of dentistry on patient 2.
Specifically, Respondent attempted to determine the existence of a systematic problem that would require referral to a physician for further testing and examination by palpating the areas below the neck, around the area of the axilla, behind the knee, over the areas of the abdomen, and around the pelvis of patient 2.
With her involvement in the two cases, Jenny lost her license to practice dentistry in the Texas. She failed to hire the services of a good lawyer who could defend her before the court. She did not file the necessary pleadings to exculpate her from the liability. Her failure to file an effective attorney led to her loss in the compliant.
If you have received a letter from the the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). for use of drugs/alcohol or any other offense, it is best to consult an experienced Texas Dental license Defense Attorney who can guide you on the steps you need to take to protect your dental license.