Dentist charged in death of patient getting 20 teeth pulled

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HARTFORD, Conn. — The lawyer for a Connecticut dentist charged in a patient's death says his client disputes the charges and they should be dropped.

Enfield police say 45-year-old Rashmi Patel turned himself in Tuesday on a misdemeanor count of criminally negligent homicide and a felony count of tampering with evidence.

Authorities say Patel's patient, 64-year-old Judith Gan, of Ellington, died at a hospital last February after her oxygen levels dropped while under sedation when she had 20 teeth pulled and implants installed.

Gan's death prompted the State Dental Commission in December to suspend Patel's license pending a comprehensive review.

Patel's attorney, Paul Knag, noted that the commission decided not to revoke his license and experts testified he followed the standard of care.

 

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