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If you’re facing serious allegations from patients, and you think that additional disciplinary action should not be applied anymore, then be sure to hire a dental attorney who can fully assist you.

Unfortunately, a dentist from Austin failed to do this. This results in disciplinary action from the board. Always keep in mind that the board handles all of the cases that may affect the license from receiving the suspension, disciplinary action, or revocation. However, with a right dental attorney for the case, rest assured that the case can go according to the dentist’s favor, especially if she has a good defense against the case.

On or about September 11, 2010, the said dentist failed to use proper diligence in reviewing the patient medical history and in obtaining medical consultation before extracting twenty-four teeth, performing a frenectomy, and an alveolectomy on all four quadrants.

Documentation in the patient Record of Admission dated December 4, 2008, of the admission diagnosis, states that the patient had cirrhosis of the liver. This diagnosis should have alerted a reasonable and prudent dentist of the possible complications associated with cirrhosis and the need to obtain the appropriate consultation for a complete understanding of the patient’s medical condition.

The documentation does not support that the dentist personally consulted the patient’s physician orally or in written form. The two forms in the patient records that indicate consultation with a patient’s physician were incomplete, and neither were signed by the patient ‘s physician.

Because cirrhosis of the liver carries the potential complication of impaired homeostasis (excessive bleeding), a patient with a history of cirrhosis requires medical consultation with the patient’s physician in order to determine the degree of impairment of hepatic function. A consultation discussing this potential complication with the patient’s physician may have led to the dentist learning of patient’s thrombocytopenia and a platelet count of 31,000.

On or about September 11, 2010, the patient was admitted to the emergency room for uncontrollable oral bleeding, facial swelling and bruising. The doctor diagnosed patient with metabolic encephalopathy, oral bleeding secondary to extractions, chronic thrombocytopenia, hyperglycemia, and liver cirrhosis.

The patient then returned to her pre-morbid status and discharged from the hospital on September 15, 2010.

Because of this, the Board decided to summon the dentist to defend her side of the story. Unfortunately, because of the lack of a dental attorney to help her, the dentist has been subjected to disciplinary action.

If you’re facing cases such as this, and you think that additional disciplinary action should not be applied anymore, then be sure to hire a dental attorney who can fully assist you. Texas dental attorney Yong  J. An is an experienced dental attorney for more than 14 years. To contact him for inquiries or to schedule a confidential consultation, dial (832) 428-5679 to proceed.