Hearing to continue for dentist whose patient died

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ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut State Dental Commission will be resuming a hearing on a dentist whose license was suspended after a patient died in February.

Rashmi Patel wants his license reinstated and denies state officials’ allegations that his actions led to the death of 64-year-old Judith Gan, who was a patient in his Enfield office. Patel also has an office in Torrington.

The Dental Commission is set to resume the hearing Wednesday. It will be the third day of testimony that began last month.

Gan was having 20 teeth extracted and implants performed Feb. 17 when she became unresponsive. She later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The state alleges Patel failed to respond appropriately when the woman’s oxygen levels dropped, and improperly attempted to extract the teeth in a single visit.

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