When it comes to practicing your dental license in the state of Texas, there are many things that you have to take into consideration. First of all, it is important that you maintain a good standing in the society. This means that you must not commit violations of the state laws or other offenses. Second, you are under the jurisdiction of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). This is the government agency that is responsible for hearing and deciding cases related to the practice of dentists.
At this point, you need to understand that cases lodged before the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) are administrative cases only. For civil and criminal cases, they are filed before the regular courts of Texas. There are times when they may hear cases over the same subject matter or person. An example of this is the case of Emiko, who was a registered dentist in Texas. This dentist was implicated in a criminal case that eventually led to the revocation of her dental license.
The complaint filed against him stated that he failed to keep and maintain a record of all his prescriptions. This was a violation of the Health and Safety Code as well as of Texas Controlled Substances Act. It was also stated that the dentist Emiko also engaged in self-prescription for the controlled substances such as Vicodin and Hydrocone. There was no showing that the prescription was neither necessary nor required in his case.
Aside from this, another complaint also stated that the dentist self-prescribed or dispensed narcotic and dangerous drugs for purposes other than dental problems or maxillofacial surgery. She placed the lives of her dental patients in great danger. Moreover, it was also alleged that the dentist failed to keep and maintain a centralized inventory ledger of controlled substances in his dental office.
Unfortunately for the dentist, she was not able to hire the right lawyer to defend his case. As such, she was declared in default. This means that only the other party’s evidence will be considered in deciding the case. Eventually, the dentist was found guilty for the charges against her. She did not even present a defense lawyer to help her file an appeal. The Texas State of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) declared that her act was very unbecoming of a dentist. Hence, her license was revoked with finality.
Avoid experiencing the same thing by getting yourself acquainted with a dental defense attorney in Texas. Questions about the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.