The College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) has suspended a Kamloops dentist after an 18-year-old patient was left with brain damage.
Dr. Bobby Rishiraj is registered with the CDSBC as a certified specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He operated a private dental facility, the Kamloops Oral Surgery and Implant Centre, and was approved to provide only moderate sedation, not deep sedation.
In November 2012, a patient, known only as HZ, came to the clinic to have her wisdom teeth removed. During the procedure, HZ went into cardiac arrest and subsequently sustained a severe brain injury. The CDSBC says Rishiraj filed a critical incident report with them about the incident.
Following an investigation by CDSBC, the Inquiry Committee directed that a citation be issued against Rishiraj and a hearing was held into the allegations.
He admitted to some of the allegations against him, including providing deep sedation, when his clinic was not a deep sedation facility. He also admitted to not operating the clinic in compliance with CDBSC’s sedation and general anaesthetic standards.
It was found that he ran his practice by treating as many patients in as short time as possible, he failed to recognize HZ’s cardiac arrest in a timely way and delayed resuscitative measures and failed to adequately monitor his patients while they were under sedation.
Rishiraj has now been suspended from practice for three months, must pay a fine of $50,000 and costs of $50,891 and must complete a multi-day ethics course.