Minnesota dentist faces dental board after overtreating pediatric patient: 6 takeaways

Dentists

The Minnesota Dental Board took action after seven families filed complaints alleging Deanna Alevizos, DDS, overtreated and falsely diagnosed children, according to WCCO.

Here are six takeaways:

1. Of the seven families who filed complaints with the board, there are now 21 families involved in a lawsuit against Dr. Alevizos.

2. One family alleged Dr. Alevizos diagnosed their child with nine cavities, with four teeth needing crowns. The bill came to $2,900. When the family visited another dentist, the patient was diagnosed with three small cavities and a $700 treatment plan.

3. Dr. Alevizos agreed to an Agreement for Corrective Action. The dentist will complete a patient communication course on how to compassionately present patients and families with treatment options.

4. Dr. Alevizos claimed her poor communication with patients and families about treatment options was due to a recent death in her family.

5. The corrective action agreement is not a disciplinary action.

6. She declined a request to interview, but said in a statement to WCCO, "I appreciate the Board of Dentistry's thorough review of my practice, and I'm pleased after more than six months of review it found no issues with the care I have provided my patients."

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