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When it comes to administrative cases involving a dentist, the Texas State Board of Examiners (TSBDE) is responsible for handling it. Whenever a dentist committed a wrongdoing in violation of the Code of Ethics, Texas Dental Act and other relevant laws, the TSBDE will rule on the matter. It is significant to emphasize that all actions of a dentist in Texas must be within the metes and bounds of the law. Otherwise, the dental license may be subjected to an administrative or criminal case. The case may be filed by any interested party such as the patient involved or even directly by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE).

An example of this is a case filed against a dentist named Mark who was exercising the profession in Texas. Mark has no prior disciplinary history until a case was filed against him before the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). The professional dentist faced the following charge made against him:

On or about December 30, 2013, the dentist Mark failed to meet the minimum standard of care in the treatment of a patient. The patient involved was a minor.

Specifically, the dentist administereda a combination of sedation drugs to a minor patient. The combination of the drugs may have resulted in over sedation of the patient involved. While under sedation, the patient experienced an acute respiratory complication hypoxic brain injury, and subsequent death.

During the conduct of the hearing, the dentist failed to present substantial evidence that would warrant his release from any form of liability. As a result, an order was granted by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) finding him guilty in the disciplinary proceedings. It was also ordered that his dental license be revoked with finality. The family of the minor patient also filed a separate criminal case.

Do you have questions about the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) 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.