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There are lots of negligence cases against dentists, in which a dentist should not take it for granted. Hiring a dental attorney for this kind of case is indeed a great help to any struggling dentist. This kind of case could badly result to license revocation and the downfall of your career.

A dentist in McAllen, Texas happens to be experiencing this kind of case. It was on April 18, 2017, a minor patient, presented to the dentist’s Dental Office for dental restorative treatment (removal of cavities and fillings) and oral conscious sedation by the dentist. The dentist’s dental assistant (Assistant Manny) orally administered 150 mg (milligrams) of Demerol (opioid analgesic} and 5 mg of Diazepam (sedative) to the patient at approximately 8:45 a.m. The dental assistant moved the patient to another room and left the room. Approximately 10 minutes later, the dental assistant returned to give the patient more sedative and noticed that patient was not responsive. The dental assistant alerted the dentist, who noticed that the patient was breathing, but appeared “bluish.” The dentist made resuscitative efforts without success. The dentist placed a pulse oximeter on the patient, which revealed an oxygen saturation rate of around 60%. Emergency Medical Services were summoned for assistance.

Paramedics arrived at the Dental Office and administered Narcan to the patient, who regained consciousness. The patient was transported to the emergency department, where she continued to receive treatment for respiratory depression. The patient was discharged from the hospital later that day after showing improvement.

The dentist is subject to disciplinary by the Board of Dental on the grounds of unprofessional conduct in that Respondent committed gross negligence in her care and treatment of the patient in which the dentist administered an excessive dosage of Demerol who weighed 17 kilograms (37.4 pounds) on April 18, 2017. The excessive dosage of Demerol, in combination with another oral sedative, Diazepam, caused the patient to become unconscious and experience respiratory depression.

The dentist’s unprofessional act was the cause of his misfortune. While the case is ongoing, the dentist failed to hire a dental attorney to help her fight against the case. The assistance of a good dental attorney could make the case better in your favor.

You should hire a dental attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas dental attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated dental lawyers who helped various dentists in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.