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Dentist charged in death of patient getting 20 teeth pulled

This photo provided by the Enfield, Connecticut Police Department shows dentist Rashmi Patel, who has been charged in the death of a patient who became unresponsive while having 20 teeth pulled and several implants installed last year.
This photo provided by the Enfield, Connecticut Police Department shows dentist Rashmi Patel, who has been charged in the death of a patient who became unresponsive while having 20 teeth pulled and several implants installed last year. (AP Photo/Enfield, Connecticut. Police Department)

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 misdemeanour 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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