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What Are Reasons for Disciplinary Proceedings Against Dentists in Texas?

dentist facing disciplinary hearingWhen you have worked hard to build your practice and reputation and provide quality dental care to your patients, it can be devastating to be subject to disciplinary proceedings in Texas. If a complaint is filed with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE), you could face loss of your license. No matter how frivolous you think the complaint is, you cannot afford to take it lightly.

Why Disciplinary Proceedings Are Brought Against Dentists in Texas

The TSBDE regulates dentists, dental hygienists, registered dental assistants, labs, and mobile dental facilities in Texas. There are a number of grounds for disciplinary actions against dentists. Some of them are:

  • Being convicted of a misdemeanor involving fraud or a felony under any state or federal law
  • Failing to treat patients according to the standard of care for dentists
  • Engaging in negligence in performing dental services that results in a patient suffering injuries or damage
  • Failing to perform proper diligence or failing to follow appropriate procedures to avoid patients suffering preventable infections
  • Practicing dentistry in a way that constitutes dishonorable conduct
  • Obtaining a license through fraud or misrepresentation
  • Engaging in fraud or deception in obtaining patients or in fraudulent billing practices
  • Holding a dental license in another state that has been revoked, suspended, or is subject to disciplinary actions
  • Being addicted to alcohol or drugs
  • Violating or refusing to comply with a law governing dentists
  • Being physically or mentally incapable of practicing dentistry in a manner that is safe for patients

The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners has broad powers to take disciplinary actions against a dentist. This can include revoking or suspending a license, placing him on probation, or ordering him to pay a fine.

Are you facing disciplinary proceedings at the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners? You have the right to a hearing and to present a defense to the complaint against you. You also have the right to an experienced attorney to advocate on your behalf—and you will need one. Attorney Walt Taylor has years of experience helping dentists and other medical professionals facing disciplinary actions. Contact him online today or call the office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation today.

We help doctors and dentists throughout Texas including Arlington, North Richland, Grapevine, Bedford, Hurst, Euless, Irving and all points in between.

Walter L. Taylor
Employment & Medical Peer Review Lawyer helping workers, doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists in Texas.

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