State board to vote on discipline plan for dentist

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A state commission is set to vote on a proposed license suspension and probation for a dentist accused of providing inadequate care to a patient who died.

The State Dental Commission is scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider the case of Rashmi Patel, who has offices in Enfield and Torrington.

Patel has denied wrongdoing in the death of 64-year-old Judith Gan of Ellington in February, when she was under conscious sedation and having 20 teeth extracted at his Enfield office. The Dental Commission found Patel failed to respond appropriately when Gan’s oxygen levels dropped.

The commission also said Patel inadequately cared for another patient who survived.

The proposed discipline is a permanent ban on conscious sedation, a license suspension until Patel completes an assessment program and five years on probation.

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