If you’re phobic about going to the dentist, or take issue with going to the dentist for any reason, this story is pure nightmare fuel.
Dr. Rashmi Patel has (thankfully) had his license to practice revoked here in Connecticut, after a 64-year-old woman named Judith Gan, died in February as he tried to pull 20 teeth from her mouth in a single visit.
Honestly, I think I’m just going to die THINKING about 20 teeth being removed at once, but that’s not what happened in this case.
According to the Hartford Courant, a low-oxygen alarm went off repeatedly and the patient made gurgling sounds before she stopped breathing. Dr. Patel then proceeded to ignore his patient’s deteriorating condition even when his dental assistants urged him to stop.
“The assistant begged [Patel] to stop working, and finally ran out and called 911, but the patient had already flat-lined.
Records also state that Dr. Patel “wanted to complete the placement of implants” and failed to “properly respond to J.G.’s oxygen desaturation and/or respiratory distress and/or cardiopulmonary distress.”
Also, according to WFSB, The cause of Gan’s death is “pending further studies,” but a Hamden dentist who was asked to review the case said he believes Gan “did not have to die to receive this dental treatment and it is because of… Patel’s negligence that she died.”
Just two months earlier, in December 2013, a patient “aspirated the throat pack” as Patel extracted the patient’s teeth.
The 55-year-old male patient, who survived, spent six days in the hospital for heart and lung damage because the patient’s throat pack was sucked into his lungs during conscious sedation.
Patel’s license was suspended on on April 21, the Courant reported. He faces a hearing before the Connecticut State Dental Commission on June 18. His lawyer, Michael Kogut, said Patel denies the allegations of sub-standard care.
In the meantime, his houses of unspeakable horror offices in Enfield and Torrington remain open with other dentists on staff seeing patients.
I’d say book an appointment at your own risk.