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Any form of negligence could lead to harm to a patient. Dentists are responsible for the well-being of their patients. Being negligent in your duties and responsibilities could put you in trouble. Every mistake has its consequence, for a dentist, it is the consequence of being disciplined by the Board. If this happens, always remember that a dental attorney can help.

A dentist in Waco, Texas was disciplined by the Board for being negligent. It was on September 30, 2017, a five-year-old patient arrived with his mother and brother at the dentist’s office for a scheduled 10:00 AM dental treatment under general anesthesia. Due to a concern that the patient had ingested an unknown quantity of water that morning the procedure was postponed two hours until noon.

At approximately 12:00 PM, the dentist induced general anesthesia with the administration of oxygen and 8% Sevoflurane, followed by 100 mg Propofol, 1000 meg Alfentanil, and Articaine HICL 18 mg during dental treatment which included tooth extraction and restorations.

During the course of treatment, the patient’s oxygen saturation fluctuated. The patient was desaturated after the tooth extraction with his oxygen level dropping as low as 67 percent, the dentist intubated him nasally and instructed staff to call 911 at approximately 12:50 PM, with the subsequent arrival of emergency responders at approximately 12:54 PM. Other than nasally intubating the patient, the dentist provided no other means of ventilation prior to the arrival of emergency responders.

The dentist administered an inadequate dose of naloxone to the patient and later denied any administration of naloxone during a March 23, 2018 interview with a Beard incorrectly investigates despite having noted the administration of 0.21 mg naloxone in the patient’s dental records.

Upon administration by emergency responders of 1 mg naloxone, the patient began to breathe spontaneously. He was extubated and transferred in stable condition to a hospital at approximately 1:18 PM. He was discharged later that afternoon.

As a response to the incident, the dentist is subject to disciplinary action in that she failed to distinguish the patient’s hypoxia from apnea, obstruction, laryngospasm, or bronchospasm; failed to perform basic bag-valve-mask ventilation, insert an oral airway, or insert a supraglottic airway prior to nasal intubation; failed to administer an adequate dose of naloxone; and/or failed to deliver rescue breaths/ventilations at an appropriate rate.

The above incident put the dentist in big trouble. She will be disciplined by the Board as well as her dental license. The case could have lead to a favorable result for the dentist if only she did not fail to hire a dental attorney for the case.

Any dentist should remember to be prepared in case if there are filed complaints regarding issues of negligence. Having a dental attorney will be a game-changer. So if you want help, ask Texas Dental Attorney Yong J. An, who has years of experience in handling dental cases. For further details and to schedule a consultation, you may contact him at (832) 428-5679.