Being a licensed dentist in Texas comes with certain obligations and responsibilities. If you want to continue practicing in the dental profession, one of the important things that you need to do is to comply with the rules and regulations set by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiner (TSBDE).
Every professional dental practitioner in this state is subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of Dental Examiner. Whenever there are administrative complaints against professional dentists, the Board will have authority to hear and decide the merits of the cases.
In every proceeding before the Texas State Board of Dental Examiner (TSBDE), the first thing that you need to remember is to get the assistance of a dental defense attorney. At this point, it is important to note that exercising your right to counsel will be beneficial on your part. Keep in mind that even if a legal counsel does not represent you, the proceeding or hearing of your case will continue. When this happens, there is a high probability that you will eventually lose in the case.
Do not place yourself in a similar situation as that of Trisha. A case was filed against her before the Texas State Board of Dental Examiner (TSBDE), wherein the following allegations were made:
During the time period from September 27, 2013, to June13, 2014, Dentist charged the patient for the extraction of teeth numbers 3 and 31, despite the fact that these two teeth were never completely removed.
During the time period from September 27, 2013, to June13, 2014, Dentist fell below the minimum standard of care during his treatment of patient 1. Specifically, Dentist:
a. exceeded the maximum recommended dosage of Epinephrine on or about September 27,2013;
b. exceeded the maximum recommended dosage of Lidocaine on or about October 10, 2013;
c. failed to take patient 1’s vitals before administering local anesthetic to patient 1 on or about September 27 and October 10, 2013; and
d. failed to refer the patient to a specialist before attempting to extract the patient’s molars.
During the time period from September 27, 2013, to June13, 2014, Dentist failed to make, keep, and maintain adequate dental records for patient 1. Specifically, Dentist:
a. failed to document his review of patient 1’s medical history;
b. failed to document patient 1’s vital signs before administering a local anesthetic;
c. failed to chart patient 1’s periodontal health; and
d. failed to provide an explanation for why these items are missing.
Clearly, the act of the dentist fell short to the standards required by law. As a result, her dental license was suspended. Aside from this, she was also ordered to pay fines for the malpractice.
If you are looking for a Texas dental license defense lawyer that has a proven track record in this practice area, 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 10 years’ experience handling Texas SBDE disciplinary action cases and has helped several dozens of dentists and dental hygienists in Texas protect their dental license.