Patient Did Not Give Consent To Have Teeth Pulled
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 27, 2002
PORTLAND, OREGON--Gail Arent used to use her teeth to handle devices for typing, art work, communicating and for dressing herself.
She did, that is, until December 26, 2000, when she went to a dentist at Exceptional Needs Dental Service to have a single tooth pulled.
Arent, who has cerebral palsy, woke from the anesthesia to find that the dentist had indeed pulled the bad tooth -- along with her other 25 teeth.
Last week, Arent filed an $850,000 lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court against John B. Aspros and Exceptional Needs. The suit seeks $100,000 in damages to pay for the restorative dental care she has needed, including a dental prosthesis and future replacements. It seeks another $750,000 for her pain and suffering.
In the suit, Arent claimed that Aspros failed to advise her that he planned to pull out 26 teeth and failed to get her consent. She also said that Aspros was negligent for pulling all 26 teeth when the standard of care would have required taking out the one tooth and leaving the rest.