The state dental commission denied a request by an alleged deadly dentist to get his license back.
Dr. Rashmi Patel, who has offices in Enfield and Torrington, is accused of continuing a procedure that may have led to the death of 64-year-old Judy Gan.
Court documents said Gan went in for the procedure and left Patel's office on a stretcher without a pulse.
The state claims Patel did not provide the proper care.
He, however, denies the charges and said he wants to get back to work.
The commission voted on Wednesday in a two-all vote that Patel won't be doing that anytime soon.
"I think I was just disappointed the suspension wasn't lifted," Patel said. "It's affecting the stability of my employees."
Patel's license was suspended in late April following Gan's death.
She suffered complications while have 20 teeth extracted along with implants and bone grafts.
According to state health officials and some of Patel's dental assistants, he violated the standards of care, ignored his own equipment and repeated warnings that Gan's health was failing.
"That's not in Dr. Patel's character," said Evelynn Moore, one of Patel's longtime patients. "He's too conscious."
Moore said she and her family have received topnotch care from Patel.
"There's no way I wouldn't be here for Dr. Patel," she said.
State health officials said given Gan's past medical problems, it was not safe to do the work.
Wednesday, two medical experts testified for the defense. One believes irregular heart rhythms caused Gan's heart to stop working.
"There's no evidence, vital signs that this patient had respiratory arrest or hypoxic," one said. "She did die from primary cardiac event."
While the Department of Health argues that Patel shouldn't get his license back, some of his patients said they were anxious for his return.
"I finally found someone who did unbelievable work, and these are implants," said Liz Boulanger, a patient. "I don't want anyone else touching my mouth."
The official autopsy on Gan is still pending.
Patel was scheduled to testify before the full board next week.
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