Alaska Supreme Court upholds revocation of dentist's license

The Alaska Supreme Court recently upheld the state's decision to revoke the license of a dentist who extracted a tooth while riding a hoverboard, the Alaska Beacon reported May 24. 

Seth Lookhart, DMD, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2020 after being found guilty of 46 charges, including Medicaid fraud, embezzlement and reckless endangerment. He was also convicted for charges of unlawful dental acts, which included extracting a patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard. 

The Alaska Board of Dental Examiners revoked Dr. Lookhart's license in September 2020. Dr. Lookhart appealed to the state Supreme Court after a lower court previously upheld the board's decision.

In its May 24 ruling, the state Supreme Court concluded the state dental board did not violate state law or abuse its discretion when it revoked Dr. Lookhart’s license.

Dr. Lookhart has also appealed the convictions that resulted in his prison sentence. That case is currently sitting with the Alaska Court of Appeals, the Alaska Beacon reported. 

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