Enfield Dentist May Lose License After Patient Dies In His Care

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By Josh Kovner, Hartford Courant

A dangerously negligent dentist who ignored warning after warning en route to his patient’s death, or an experienced practitioner who tried to help his medically fragile patient in a case with a tragic outcome.

Those starkly different portraits of Dr. Rashmi Patel emerged Wednesday in the first of a series of hearings before the State Dental Commission. Patel, with offices in Enfield and Torrington, had his license suspended after a male patient in his 50s nearly choked to death on a throat pack in December 2013, and patient Judith Gan of Ellington died following the extraction of 20 teeth, bone grafts, and implants while under sedation Feb. 17.

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