Washington state dental assistant suspended for using nitrous oxide on the job, health department says

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After allegedly abusing nitrous oxide at a Snohomish County, Wash., dental practice, a dental assistant has been suspended by the Washington Department of Health, according to Patch.

Jennifer Mikele Compton has 20 days to respond to the allegations and suspension. Until then, she is banned from practicing as a dental assistant in the state.

Beyond abusing nitrous oxide, the health department claims Ms. Compton violated the conditions of her previous license suspension.

In March 2012, she was suspended her after she was accused of abusing nitrous oxide three separate times at different dental practices. As part of her probation, Ms. Compton was required to participate in a monitoring program and remain sober.

After failing her probation agreements, Ms. Compton's license was suspended without the possibility of appeal for 12 months in July 2014. The health department claims during that time the dental hygienist worked for a Seattle area dental practice, the Patch reports.

In July 2017, Ms. Compton renewed her license in the state. Within a year, she allegedly was found abusing nitrous oxide at her workplace.

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