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Misconduct on the dental clinic such as several errors at work could subject your dental license to disciplinary proceedings. This is the case of a dentist from Texas who has committed several errors from September 2013 to June 2014. The errors of the dentist were seen when the Texas Board of Dental Examiners investigated the dentist due to certain complaints to her.

The incidents happened during the time period from September 27, 2013 to June 13, 2014. The dentist charged the patient for extracting two teeth. However, the two said teeth were not completely removed. This could have caused injury or adverse effects to the patient.

Some of her errors also included exceeding the maximum required dosage of Epinephrine and Lidocaine to patients on or about September 27, 2013 to October 10, 2013. She also failed to take the vitals of a certain patient before administering anesthetic, and she also failed to refer the patient to a specialist before extracting the patient’s molars.

Additionally, the dentist also failed to keep adequate records for her patient as well. This involved the failure to document her review of the patient’s medical history, failure to document the vital signs before administering anesthetic, failure to chart the periodontal health, and failure to explain who the follow errors happened.

Due to her failure to defend against the issues she committed, the Texas Board of Dental Examiners subjected her dental license disciplinary proceedings. It will ensure that the dentist will be able to work better in the future. However, it was better if the dentist was able to hire a dental license attorney for further assistance.

The Texas Administrative Code, specifically Chapter 108 provides for the violations:

  • Criminal conduct–including but not limited to conviction of a misdemeanor involving fraud or a felony under federal law or the law of any state as outlined in Chapter 101 of this title.

(2) Deception or misrepresentation–engages in deception or misrepresentation:

(A) in soliciting or obtaining patronage; or

(B) in obtaining a fee.

(3) Fraud in obtaining a license–obtains a license by fraud or misrepresentation or participates in a conspiracy to procure a license, registration, or certification for an unqualified person.

(4) Misconduct involving drugs or alcohol–actions or conduct that include, but are not limited to:

(A) providing dental services to a patient while the licensee is impaired through the use of drugs, narcotics, or alcohol;

(B) addicted to or habitually intemperate in the use of alcoholic beverages or drugs;

(C) improperly obtained, possessed, or used habit-forming drugs or narcotics including self-prescription of drugs;

(D) grossly over prescribes, dispenses, or administers narcotic drugs, dangerous drugs, or controlled substances;

(E) prescribes, dispenses, or administers narcotic drugs, dangerous drugs, or controlled substances to or for a person who is not his or her dental patient; or

(F) prescribes, dispenses, or administers narcotic drugs, dangerous drugs, or controlled substances to a person for a non-dental purpose, whether or not the person is a dental patient.

(5) Assisting another in engaging in the unauthorized practice of dentistry or dental hygiene–holds a dental license and employs, permits, or has employed or permitted a person not licensed to practice dentistry to practice dentistry in an office of the dentist that is under the dentist’s control or management.

(6) Failure to comply with applicable laws, rules, regulations, and orders or remedial plans–violates or refuses to comply with a law relating to the regulation of dentists, dental hygienists, or dental assistants; fails to cooperate with a Board investigation; or fails to comply with the terms of a Board Order or remedial plan.

(7) Inability to practice safely–is physically or mentally incapable of practicing in a manner that is safe for the person’s dental patients.

(8) Discipline of a licensee by another state board–holds a license or certificate to practice dentistry or dental hygiene in another state and the examining board of that state:

(A) reprimands the person;

(B) suspends or revokes the person’s license or certificate or places the person on probation; or

(C) imposes another restriction on the person’s practice.

(9) Failure to comply with Medicaid, insurance, or other regulatory laws–knowingly provides or agrees to provide dental care in a manner that violates a federal or state law that:

(A) regulates a plan to provide, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any part of the cost of dental care services; or

(B) regulates the business of insurance.

(10) Improper delegation–improperly delegates any task to any individual who is not permitted to perform the task by law, this chapter, or practice restrictions imposed by Board Order.

(11) Unprofessional conduct–engages in conduct that has become established through professional experience as likely to disgrace, degrade, or bring discredit upon the licensee or the dental profession.

If you ever received complaints or a summon from the Board for a hearing, it’s best to hire a dental license attorney for a dental legal consultation. To do so, you may contact Mr. Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679.