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A dental license attorney is extremely useful if you faced an error regarding the wrong administration of medication to a patient. The Texas Board of Dental Examiners is very sensitive when it comes to matters like this. But it does not mean that you cannot hire a dental license attorney to help you in providing a better result for your case.

An incident of the wrongful use of administration occurred on August 21, 2009, when the dentist administered sedation in an amount that sufficient to place the patient to sleep. However, the dentist did not inform the patient about the sedation procedures. This may place the patient to a risk of brain damage, which might result in the death of the patient.

What’s worse about the issue was that the dentist is not certified to administer sedation to any patient despite the dental license that she got. Specifically, she administered 7.5 mg of Versed, 100 mg of Demerol and 25 mg of Phenergan. She even followed it up with 5 mg of Versed, 50 mg of Demerol and 25 mg of Phenergan.

The following administration of such medication may place the patient to respiratory depression. As a result, the patient suffered from hypoxia, which caused the heart to pump less. Eventually, it caused heart failure while fluid accumulated to the patient’s lungs. The patient kept on struggling while the dentist failed to provide an advanced cardiac life support equipment during the incident.

The misconduct of the dentist resulted in the patient’s death. When the Texas Board of Dental Examiners summoned the dentist for a hearing, the dentist stated that she failed to read the warning labels of the medication. She also stated that her dental clinic is not well-trained in emergency procedures, should the need arise

Therefore, the Board revoked the license of the dentist as she has caused the death of a patient due to wrong administration of medicine. Furthermore, she has damaged the reputation of the dental clinic.

Aside from this issue, note that the Texas Administrative Code, specifically Chapter 108 provides for the violations:

(1) 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.

The dentist’s failure to hire a dental license attorney caused her to become more accused of the patient’s death. However, there were certain medical records showing that the administration was not the full reason why the patient suffered from hearing failure. This is why a dental license attorney is extremely useful for further assistance if you’re facing cases that may revoke your dental license.

Therefore, it’s best to hire an experienced dental license attorney such as Yong J. He has helped numerous cases of dentists since 2006 and is always willing to provide assistance. To contact him, you may dial (832) 428-5679 for more details or to schedule a private consultation.