Dentist to face state panel after patient death


ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — An Enfield dentist whose license was suspended after a patient died in February is facing a hearing before the Connecticut State Dental Commission.

Dr. Rashmi Patel is set to appear before the commission Wednesday. Patel denies state officials’ allegations that his actions led to the death of 64-year-old Judith Gan, and he wants his license reinstated.

Gan was having 20 teeth extracted and implants performed on Feb. 17 when she became unresponsive. She was brought to Baystate Medical Center in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, where she was pronounced dead.

The state alleges Patel failed to respond appropriately when the woman’s oxygen levels dropped, and improperly attempted to extract the teeth in a single visit.

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