License Suspended for Anchorage Dental Professional Implicated of Medicaid Scams, ‘Illegal Oral Acts’

Pointing out “a clear and instant threat” to public health and security, the Alaska Board of Dental Examiners suspended Anchorage dental professional Seth Lookhart’s license on Thursday while an examination continues into his patient care.

Online records reveal that Lookhart’s license to practice dentistry and a different license to practice intravenous sedation were both suspended that day.

License suspension has a “really high difficulty” that develops from “verifiable danger to public security,” stated Angela Birt, a primary private investigator for the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.

Lockhart can appeal the suspension, which is momentary pending the continuous examination, Birt stated.

The board’s examination is different from a continuous criminal examination. Lockhart deals with 17 charges of Medicaid scams and “illegal oral acts,” focused on allegations that he needlessly sedated clients to improve revenues at his oral center.

The criminal charges were submitted mid-April. Birt stated Lookhart’s license was not suspended up until Thursday because private investigators had to collect proof.

” Part of that is the balance in between public security, and the balance in between defense and due procedure rights,” Birt stated.

A few of the allegations mirror those in the criminal charging files, but some brand-new claims are laid out in the allegation submitted Thursday.

Lookhart is implicated of using intravenous sedation on a small without a parent’s approval for a cleaning, fillings, and sealants, which is not the requirement of taking care of these treatments. In another circumstance, Lookhart is implicated of pulling more teeth than licensed and supplying malfunctioning dentures to a patient. The patient went to a 2nd dental expert and went through dental surgery for bone elimination and denture fabrication, services Lookhart billed for but did not supply, the state declares.

Lookhart likewise deals with accusations of enabling unlicensed assistants who did not have a sedation authorization to administer anesthetics.

The accusations likewise say that when detectives subpoenaed patient records, the files were missing out on files. Workers, consisting of Lookhart, stated they might not access clients’ files, the allegation states.

” We didn’t see proof of complete compliance,” Birt stated of demands to collect records.