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Being drunk at work is a big “No” especially when you are a dentist. Such unprofessional conduct could cause harm to patients. If doing so, you will be facing charges for allegedly being intoxicated while working. And, if you are involved in such activities, it is best to consider hiring a dental attorney for your case.

On or about October 12, 2020, in Sugar Land, Texas, an incident happened when the dentist was again intoxicated while at work at her office. The dentist was observed by a member of her staff driving her vehicle into the office parking lot at approximately 8:55 a.m. Upon arrival, the dentist was extremely friendly.

The dentist played with a co-worker’s hair and was rubbing the backs of her staff. Later, while working on a patient, the dentist was observed to have unsteady hands and appeared confused. The dentist nearly administered Novocain on the wrong side of the patient’s mouth. An employee assisting the dentist called for a break due to concern over the dentist’s condition. Law enforcement was then called due to concerns that the dentist was intoxicated. Responding officers noted that the dentist had objective signs of intoxication and admitted to consuming three (3) glasses of wine at 5:00 a.m. A preliminary alcohol test revealed the dentist’s blood-alcohol level to be .25% at 11:57 a.m. Based on the objective signs of intoxication, witnesses to Respondent’s driving, and her admission of alcohol consumption, the dentist was placed under arrest for a violation of Vehicle Code section 23152(a), driving under the influence. The dentist was transported to the County jail where her blood alcohol was determined to be 25% / 26%.

The dentist faced the Board and was given a chance to defend herself but she failed to hire a dental attorney to help her.

As a result, the board has subjected the dentist to disciplinary action under Code section 1681; subsection (b), in that she used alcoholic beverages to an extent or in a manner dangerous or injurious to herself and/or others.

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 an experienced and dedicated Dental Attorney like Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation.