Iowa dental board restricts licenses of 2 dentists: 10 things to know

The Iowa Dental Board recently restricted the licenses of two dentists for competency issues, the Iowa Capital Dispatch reported July 14.

Ten things to know:

  1. The board took action against Paymun Bayati, DDS, of Sioux City, and Zavash Zarei-M, DDS, of Coralville.
  2. Dr. Bayati was charged with failing to maintain a satisfactory standard of competency in implant placement after the board received a complaint from a patient who received four implants.
  3. A consultant reviewed clinical records of the patient's implants and concluded that Dr. Bayati failed to meet the standard of care.
  4. The board restricted Dr. Bayati from placing implants. Future violations could result in license revocation, the board said in a June 3 order.
  5. The board accused Dr. Zarei-M of failing to meet the standard of care in endodontic diagnosis and treatment in some cases. It also found a lack of appropriate documentation and diagnostic quality radiographs in patient records.
  6. Dr. Zarei-M also allegedly responded to a review by addressing the patient by name and discussing treatment that was performed, and texted a patient in an unprofessional manner, in violation of Iowa regulations.
  7. According to the June 3 order, Dr. Zarei-M denied the allegations but agreed to a settlement in order to avoid a hearing.
  8. As part of the settlement, Dr. Zarei-M must pay a penalty of $1,000 within 30 days. Dr. Zarei-M also completed a healthcare communication course and three hours of continuing education related to HIPAA and patient confidentiality. 
  9. Dr. Zarei-M is restricted from practicing endodontics unless he receives board approval to provide such treatment in the future.
  10. The order against Dr. Zarei-M is subject to final approval by the dental board.

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