Mike Boyd: Safety should matter to dental board

November 11, 2013 

In Andrew Kenney’s Nov. 10 news article “Tooth removal turned fatal” on the N.C. State Board of Dental Examiners and its handling of the Dr. Toni Mascherin’s case, it seems like the board is more concerned with the treatment of dentists and not concerned with the health, safety and well-being of the residents of North Carolina.

At minimum, Mascherin should not have been allowed to use moderate-sedation drugs in her practice until the investigation was completed. It also could be argued that her practice should have been closed until the investigation was finished and she was found not guilty.

Governing bodies such as the N.C. State Board of Dental Examiners need to put the safety and well-being of the public first and foremost in their decisions. Announce such investigations publicly. The announcements need not be inflammatory, just factual. Suspend a practitioner if their skills or knowledge or judgment are found wanting. That is its obligation. At minimum.

Mike Boyd


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