A disciplinary proceeding that involves the acts or omissions of a dentist or dental hygieniest is under the jurisdiction of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). Any party who wants to file a case against the professional dentist engaged in the practice of dentistry has the duty to present the necessary evidence to prove his allegations. In the absence of the required proof, the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) may rule in favor of the dentist. Once a case has been filed, it is important that the professional involved must be served with a written notice of the facts and conduct alleged to warrant adverse licensure action to the professional dentist.
There are different cases that are filed every single day before the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). In these cases, the assistance of a lawyer is really necessary in order to ensure that the rights of the dentists involved are protected. At the same time, the lawyer can also help in rebutting all the allegations of the complainant. Sad to say, many dentists fail to see the significant role that the dental licensing defense attorney in the hearing of their cases. As a result, they end up waiving the right to be represented by a counsel.
This is exactly what happened in the administrative complaint involving a dentist named Dennis. The complaint alleged the following:
During the time period from April 29, 2016, through the present, the dentist engaged in dishonorable conduct in the practice of dentistry and was intemperate in the use of drugs.
Specifically, one April 29, 2016, an Independent Medical Evaluation found that Respondent “is currently fit to practice dentistry with Professional Recovery Network (PRN) reenrollment, monitoring, and further investigation into his prescribing practices.”
On August 26, 2016, the dentist was discharged from PRN based on his failure to sign and return a PRN Support Agreement by August 25, 2016. After the Board took action to suspend the professional dentist’s license, the dentist signed a PRN Support Agreement on September 21, 2016. As a result, the dentist is currently under a PRN monitoring agreement and the temporary suspension has been filed.
The act of the dentist in this case constitutes a violation of the Texas Occupations Code as well as the Texas Administrative Code. During the hearing of the case, the dentist chose to waive his right to be assisted by a dental licensing defense lawyer. This was a wrong move on his part. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) found him guilty for improper conduct.
Although the order was only for a suspension for a short period of time, it still affected the dentist’s practice of his profession. Because of his, he lost a lot of potential income. Make sure that you will not make the same mistake that Dennis did in his case before the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE).
Contact a Texas dental attorney today who can provide you with a confidential consultation and evaluate your case and counsel you on the best steps to take. Contact Mr. An by calling or texting him 24/7 directly at (832) 428-5679.