Case Result: Our Licensing Attorneys Resolve LARA Administrative Complaint Against Dentist Accused of Overmedicating, Oversedation


Primary issue:
Client dentist was accused of negligence and incompetence in overmedicating a patient during sedation for a dentistry procedure and in discharging the patient prematurely, resulting in the patient’s ER visit and admission to hospital on suspicion of oversedation. Patient reported the dentist to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), and the dentist received an administrative complaint.

Our Michigan healthcare regulatory and licensing attorneys filed an answer and obtained a supportive opinion from an M.D./D.D.S expert. We examined the treatment records both at the dental practice and during patient’s hospital stay, as well as patient’s complaint to LARA; in doing so, we discovered numerous inconsistencies. Our lawyers researched and provided published studies regarding the specific sedation medications used and how the dentist’s actions were within the standard of care. We obtained witness statements from clinic employees and provided dentist’s certificates of completion of continuing education and certification in sedation dentistry.

We ultimately resolved the case through negotiations following a compliance conference for dismissal of two of the three charges against our client and payment of a nominal fine.

Areas of Law:
Healthcare Licensing
Professional Licensing Defense
Administrative Hearings and Complaints

This information is a sample of our past results. Prospective clients may not obtain the same or similar results. Every case is different and each case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits. The circumstances of your case may differ from the results provided. The information provided has not been reviewed or approved by the State Bar.

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Aaron J. Kemp

Senior Attorney

Chairperson of Professional Licensing & Regulatory Affairs

Michigan Office
1441 W. Long Lake Road, Suite 310
Troy, MI 48098
Phone: (248) 644-6326

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