Washington state dentist suspended, charged with using excessive anesthetics on patients


A dentist in Washington state has had his license suspended by a state panel that claims he used excessive anesthetics on at least 11 patients and failed to report that one of them had been transferred to the emergency room because of bleeding and swelling, reports local CBS affiliate news station KIMA-TV.

The Dental Quality Assurance Commission announced this week that it suspended the moderate sedation permit of Charles Gooss, DMD, who's also accused of using nonsterile instruments on a patient.

With the suspension, Dr. Gooss, who worked in Yakima County, is prohibited from practicing dentistry. He has 20 days to respond to the charges.

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