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Dentist suspended after patient's death
AP via Yahoo News ^ | 09/30/2006 | AP

Posted on 09/30/2006 12:46:15 PM PDT by kenth

CHICAGO - State regulators have suspended the license of a dentist whose 5-year-old patient fell into a coma in his office and later died.

Dr. Hicham Riba's practices posed an "imminent danger to the public," the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said Friday. It said Riba failed to properly monitor Diamond Brownridge's blood pressure, pulse and respiration during her treatment Sept. 23 at his storefront clinic.

The complaint said Riba recorded that Diamond was "alert and responsive" on discharge, although her mother claims to have found her comatose in the dental chair.

Diamond died Wednesday at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She had been on life support for four days after her visit to Little Angel Dental to have some teeth filled and others capped.

Riba's attorneys confirmed the suspension late Friday pending an Oct. 13 hearing.

"Diamond's loss is tragic," Riba said in a statement. "As we have stated before, we have fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so."

Riba, 40, faces up to $10,000 in fines for each of four violations, which include making false or fraudulent representations, professional incompetence and gross malpractice.

State regulators said Diamond received two injections of diazepam or Valium within five minutes, followed by oral Valium, lidocaine, several other medications, and nitrous oxide. The regulators did not say whether the combination or the dosages were appropriate for the 35-pound girl.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: chicago; dentist; drugskill; illinois
State regulators said Diamond received two injections of diazepam or Valium within five minutes, followed by oral Valium, lidocaine, several other medications, and nitrous oxide.
1 posted on 09/30/2006 12:46:17 PM PDT by kenth
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To: Hildy; Froufrou

update ping


2 posted on 09/30/2006 12:47:26 PM PDT by kenth (There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count, and those who can't.)
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To: kenth

Jeeeeeez, ol' Keith Richards would have a struggle with all that stuff, let alone a little 5 year old girl.


3 posted on 09/30/2006 12:52:09 PM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage. Try it!)
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To: kenth
A dentist in Knoxville nearly killed my wife by giving her Mepergan for a simple tooth extraction. She went into drug induced hypothermia that night and into a COMA. Her body temp was below 91 upon arrival at the ER. A couple of years later a young girl died in his office from an IV mixture given her along with laughing gas. Needless to say he no longer practices.
4 posted on 09/30/2006 1:00:52 PM PDT by cva66snipe (If it was wrong for Clinton why do some support it for Bush? Party over nation destroys the nation.)
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To: kenth

geez! our boys are getting some fillings this month,
but our dentist uses locals only.

that is one heck of a drug smorgasboard for a 5 yr old!


5 posted on 09/30/2006 1:04:33 PM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: leda
geez! our boys are getting some fillings this month, but our dentist uses locals only. that is one heck of a drug smorgasboard for a 5 yr old!

Most dentist use what that one did as a last resort. Actually General Dentist should not be doing such a thing at all. It falls more in the line of an Oral Surgeon. Most General dentist would refer a patient to such. I've had tooth extractions of one entire side of my mouth at a time in a dentist office and only had locals for pain.

6 posted on 09/30/2006 1:10:30 PM PDT by cva66snipe (If it was wrong for Clinton why do some support it for Bush? Party over nation destroys the nation.)
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To: kenth

The killer, oops, alleged killer should be follicle tested to see what he's been on.


7 posted on 09/30/2006 1:15:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (If I had a nut allergy, I'd be outta here. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: kenth

A 5 year old get tooth caps on her first teeth? Does this even make sense?


8 posted on 09/30/2006 1:19:13 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: cva66snipe

that's what i was thinking too. our oldest had teeth removed,
prior to braces, at the dentist, with only a local. after the
braces came off, he had to have his wisdom teeth pulled. he
went to the oral surgeon for that and was sedated.

btw, same oral surgeon who pulled my wisdom teeth, who was
also past president of the ADA. :)


9 posted on 09/30/2006 1:27:12 PM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: Incorrigible

"A 5 year old get tooth caps on her first teeth? Does this even make sense?"

My question too. It doesn't make any sense to me.


10 posted on 09/30/2006 1:27:22 PM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: leda
that's what i was thinking too. our oldest had teeth removed, prior to braces, at the dentist, with only a local. after the braces came off, he had to have his wisdom teeth pulled. he went to the oral surgeon for that and was sedated.

The Navy pulled all my wisdom teeth but they weren't so easy about it LOL...

11 posted on 09/30/2006 1:34:47 PM PDT by cva66snipe (If it was wrong for Clinton why do some support it for Bush? Party over nation destroys the nation.)
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To: cva66snipe; patton

ouch! i'm so sorry!

(patton has a similar history with military dentists) :(


12 posted on 09/30/2006 1:46:07 PM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: leda

LOL thats OK I got a day of no duty for the trouble. When at sea that's like a mini vacation.


13 posted on 09/30/2006 2:09:41 PM PDT by cva66snipe (If it was wrong for Clinton why do some support it for Bush? Party over nation destroys the nation.)
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To: cva66snipe

a mini vacation to recoup from that?
not my kind of vacation ;)


14 posted on 09/30/2006 2:11:28 PM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: leda

They can't make you work or stand watch. Sleep at sea on most ships is only 4 hours on some nights 6 hours the rest of them.


15 posted on 09/30/2006 2:35:49 PM PDT by cva66snipe (If it was wrong for Clinton why do some support it for Bush? Party over nation destroys the nation.)
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To: cva66snipe

at least you could sleep after that surgery.
a bit of much needed rest, i'm sure!


16 posted on 09/30/2006 2:38:36 PM PDT by leda (Life is always what you make it!)
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To: cva66snipe

From what I know, there are no simple tooth extractions. Today it is a kind of surgical procedure.


17 posted on 09/30/2006 2:43:56 PM PDT by thegreatbeast
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To: thegreatbeast
From what I know, there are no simple tooth extractions. Today it is a kind of surgical procedure.

It's considered oral surgery but unless complications like impaction or dry socket occur it's simple. If I was going to have a tooth extracted I would go to a Denture Clinic. The dentist are far more experienced in doing extractions and IMO less painfull. I had both upper and lower teeth extracted in about 4-5 visits and I saved a lot of money. Average cost roughly $35-50 a tooth with discounts on multiple extractions.

18 posted on 09/30/2006 3:00:26 PM PDT by cva66snipe (If it was wrong for Clinton why do some support it for Bush? Party over nation destroys the nation.)
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To: kenth

this is the least of it...I think criminal charges are next. THEY LEFT THIS LITTLE GIRL ALONE. ALONE after giving her mass dosages of sedatives.


19 posted on 09/30/2006 3:04:51 PM PDT by Hildy (Canada is like a loft apartment over a really great party house)
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To: Incorrigible
to have some teeth filled and others capped.

Notice it says *some teeth filled*; more than two is my guess. I can only imagine the condition of that girls mouth, because I've seen some like it. I know of a 5 year old who nearly needed root canals because her mother hated dentists so much, she wouldn't take her.

Some people have unexpected reactions to anethesia, but in this case it doesn't sound like that's it.

20 posted on 09/30/2006 4:35:32 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Incorrigible

It's probably not the "vanity" type of cap that comes to mind. Some children have teeth that are so bad, this needs to be done in order to allow the child to eat. This type is not very attractive, but at least the child can eat solid food.


21 posted on 09/30/2006 5:23:41 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (The true gospel is a call to self-denial. It is not a call to self-fulfillment..John MacArthur)
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To: Hildy
this is the least of it...I think criminal charges are next.

Let's hope so.

22 posted on 09/30/2006 5:27:02 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: Incorrigible

If you go look at the three other threads already up about this story, you'll see that it is not uncommon to cap children's teeth. This little girl had terrible grinding troubles. God rest her soul.


23 posted on 09/30/2006 5:30:23 PM PDT by Hildy (Canada is like a loft apartment over a really great party house)
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To: kenth
although her mother claims to have found her comatose in the dental chair.

FOUND her? You mean the mother wasn't even in there with this poor little 5 year old girl?

Our girls are 12, and they still don't go into a medical or dental examination room without me with them.

24 posted on 09/30/2006 5:39:36 PM PDT by MamaTexan (I am NOT a 'legal entity'...nor am I a *person* as created by law!)
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To: Hildy
this is the least of it...I think criminal charges are next. THEY LEFT THIS LITTLE GIRL ALONE. ALONE after giving her mass dosages of sedatives.

That right there will hang him. I think what a general Dentist is and isn't allowed to do in the way of procedures may vary from state to state but you do not put a patient under like that and leave the room. Either the dentist or a nurse {not a dental assistant either} should have been present at all times in the room up till discharge. Reading between the lines it sounds like some charting wasn't done as well to document that such as BP, respiration, pulse, etc.

25 posted on 09/30/2006 6:12:09 PM PDT by cva66snipe (If it was wrong for Clinton why do some support it for Bush? Party over nation destroys the nation.)
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To: MamaTexan

The other articles say the mother was asked to leave by the dentist and assistants when they began.


26 posted on 09/30/2006 8:03:37 PM PDT by kenth (There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count, and those who can't.)
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