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When a dentist neglects the care and treatment of a patient, a great consequence follows. Any form of negligence could bring harm and could injure a patient while in the process of treatment. The dentist will be facing charges or ended being sued by the patient. You need a dental attorney when that happens. Requiring having a dental attorney as your legal representative in court will surely help you against the case filed on you.

On June 16, 2015, a patient sought dental treatment from a Dental Clinic in Pharr, Texas due to dental pain. The patient filled out a Medical History form. Radiographs were taken and a dentist reviewed the patient’s medical history and the radiographs, performed an oral examination, and formulated a treatment plan to extract all 22 remaining teeth and provide full upper and lower dentures. The patient’s Medical History form revealed significant and serious medical conditions and identified contact information for the patient’s physician. No other treatment was provided on this date and the patient’s physician was not contacted.

On June 30, 2015, the patient returned to the same Dental office. The dentist did not review the Medical History Form filled out on June 16, 2015. The file contains a different Medical History Form dated June 30, 2015. On this date, the dentist provided dental treatment to the patient. The dentist extracted 22 teeth from the patient under local anesthesia. A brief operative note stated “no complications noted,” and did not mention hemostasis or sutures.

Following the extractions on June 30, 2015, the patient returned to the reception area with gauze in her mouth and was told to leave the gauze in for one hour. The patient required the replacement of the gauze twice due to continued bleeding while waiting in the reception area for a bus to take her home. Neither the dentist nor Dental Clinic staff contacted the patient that evening or the next day to inquire as to her condition.

On July 1, 2015, the patient was transported by ambulance to the Emergency room for treatment. The patient had active bleeding and large loose clots in her mouth. Lab results showed red blood cell counts, hematocrit, and hemoglobin to be one-half normal values. The patient received immediate treatment that included debridement, hemostatic agents, and multiple sutures to all four dental quadrants, as well as multiple liters of saline solution and multiple units of whole blood. Despite efforts, the patient remained in the hospital until she died on July 16, 2015.

On August 11, 2015, the Dental Clinic reported the death of the patient to the Board. The notice indicated that the office and the dentist were aware of the patient’s hospitalization on July 1, 2015.

As a result, the dentist is subject to disciplinary action by the Board in that the dentist failed to review the patient’s medical history with her on June 30, 2015. The dentist had no knowledge of the health status of the patient. The dentist performed surgery, extractions of 22 teeth, on the patient without knowing anything about her extensive and serious medical conditions. The dentist further failed to seek medical consultation prior to treating the patient. This conduct constitutes gross negligence and repeated acts of negligence.

Hiring the right dental attorney could have saved him from the worst punishment there is for a dentist who committed violations. If you have questions about the disciplinary process, you can contact The Law Office of Dental Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.