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Every dentist in the state of Texas is expected to comply with the rules and regulations promulgated by the state. Aside from this, they also need to follow the set of guidelines provided by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). This is the government agency that has exclusive and original jurisdiction over all administrative cases filed against dentists, dental hygienists and other professionals engaged in the practice of dentistry.

At this point, it is important to emphasize that the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) may order for the suspension or revocation of a license. However, the Board is mandated to conduct a trial and hearing first so that the involved dentist may be given a chance to present certain evidence.

An important case in point for this discussion is the case of a dentist named Lucas. He operates a clinic in the downtown area of Texas. One day, he received a notice from the TSBDE informing him of the following charges:

(a) During time period from April 30, 2015 to May 11, 2015, the dentist fell below the minimum standard of care during his treatment of a minor patient by leaving open crown margins on teeth numbers 3, 4, 14, 19, and 30.

(b) On or about December 14, 2015, the dental hygienist failed to make, maintain, and keep adequate dental records for patient 5. Specifically, he failed to take patient 5’s vital signs during his initial appointment on which she administered local anaesthetic with epinephrine to patient 5.

A notice was served to the dentist Lucas in accordance with the Texas Law. However, he waived her right to be represented by a dental defense lawyer. As a result, he lost in the case. Lucky for him, Lucas only got her dental license suspended. Even if this was only a suspension, it still had an adverse effects for his career in the field of dentistry.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, be sure to get in touch with an expert lawyer right away. Contact the Law Firm of Yong J. An 24/7 by calling or texting him at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation. Mr. An has over 12 years’ experience handling Texas SBDE disciplinary action cases and has helped several dozens of dentists in Texas protect their license.