THE Discipline Committee Panel of the College of Dental Surgeons of BC hearing the Dr. Bobby Rishiraj case has suspended him from practice for three months, effective October 21, and fined him $50,000.
The penalty was announced on Thursday after a hearing was held into Rishiraj’s actions that left one of his patients, Hamu Zindoga, with a severe brain injury.
Rishiraj runs a private clinic known as the Kamloops Oral Surgery and Implant Centre.
Other penalties include a reprimand and the completion of a multi-day ethics course.
In its July ruling, the College’s panel found Rishiraj was only authorized to provide moderate sedation when a patient came to see him in November 2012 to have her wisdom teeth removed.
Instead, it said, Rishiraj administered deep sedation without following the proper medical procedures for this type of drug.
When things began to go wrong, the dentist failed to recognize “in a timely way” that his patient was having a heart attack, according to the panel. As a result, resuscitation was delayed.
The panel also said Rishiraj ran his practice to promote “efficiencies” by treating as many patients in as short a time as possible and failed to adequately monitor patients that were under sedation.