When you’re facing the loss of your dental license, securing the representation of an experienced dental attorney may be your first step to protect yourself from serious repercussions.
This is what a dentist in Austin should have done when faced with allegations regarding her dental practice.
During the time period from February 28, 2013, through June 27, 2013, the dentist failed to meet the minimum standard of care by failing to make, maintain, and keep sedation records on three patients. Specifically, the records do not include:
a. the names, times, and dosages of all drugs administered and the names of individuals present during administration of drugs;
b. a written time-oriented anesthetic record;
c. pulse Oximetry and end-tidal C02 measurements (if taken with an intubated patient), heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure continually recorded at five (5) minute intervals;
d. the patient’s level of consciousness, oxygenation, ventilation, and circulation prior to discharge.
During the time period from October 4, 2010, through February 2014, the dentist fell below the minimum standard of care by failing to make, maintain, and keep adequate records for several patients. Specifically, the records did not include:
a. vital signs, including but not limited to blood pressure and heart rate;
b. findings and charting of clinical and radiographic oral examination;
d. a treatment plan including recommendations and treatment options;
e. an adequate record of treatment provided ;
f. medication and dosages are given to the patients;
g. an explanation of why items (a) through (f) were not recorded.
The dentist was given the chance to defend her case. She states that everything was just an accident and nobody wanted it to happen. She further states that she did everything she could to treat the patient with caution.
However, her lack of an experienced dental attorney to help her defend her case resulted in serious discipline and suspension from the Board. If you’re facing the same scenario as with the dentist, consulting with a dental attorney is your best chance of protection.
The assistance of a dental attorney could have helped the case become better for the dentist. So if you ever encounter such an issue, it’s best to contact Dental Attorney Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation.