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Dentist who extracted a patient’s tooth while riding a hoverboard sentenced to 12 years

An Alaska dentist was also filmed riding a hoverboard during a procedure on a patient who was under anesthesia was convicted on 46 counts of defrauding the federal Medicaid program has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton found Seth Lookhart, 35, guilty Jan. 17 of pressuring patients to needlessly undergo intravenous sedation to bill Medicaid for the service.

Wolverton on Monday suspended eight years of the sentence, leaving Lookhart 12 years of prison time to serve.

The state requested that the court order Lookhart to pay more than $2 million in restitution for the Medicaid fraud.

A 25-second video that appeared to have been filmed using a phone showed Lookhart riding a hoverboard into an exam room before removing a tooth from a sedated patient and then pivoting and riding away.

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A video showed Seth Lookhart riding a hoverboard while removing a tooth
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Alaska dentist, Seth Lookhart, who extracted a patient’s tooth on a hoverboard sentenced to 12 years in jail

Seth Lookhart, 35, was convicted on 46 felony and misdemeanor counts in January, including medical assistance fraud, scheme to defraud, illegal practice of dentistry and reckless endangerment.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton sentenced Lookhart on Monday to serve 20 years in jail with eight years suspended, the statement said. That means Lookhart will serve 12 years behind bars. He also cannot practice dentistry during his 10 years of probation.

Lookhart apologized for his actions while reading from a prepared statement.

“Looking back, I can’t say exactly when I began to go off course,” he said, CNN affiliate KTUU reported. “While I do not doubt that I was able to render care and alleviate the pain to many people who were in dire need, I also know that I could have and should have maintained better discipline and focus while serving a patient base I came to love.”

He also

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Alaska dentist who extracted patient’s tooth on a hoverboard sentenced to 12 years in jail

Seth Lookhart, 35, was convicted on 46 felony and misdemeanor counts in January, including medical assistance fraud, scheme to defraud, illegal practice of dentistry and reckless endangerment.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton sentenced Lookhart on Monday to serve 20 years in jail with eight years suspended, the statement said. That means Lookhart will serve 12 years behind bars. He also cannot practice dentistry during his 10 years of probation.

Lookhart apologized for his actions while reading from a prepared statement.

“Looking back, I can’t say exactly when I began to go off course,” he said, CNN affiliate KTUU reported. “While I do not doubt that I was able to render care and alleviate the pain to many people who were in dire need, I also know that I could have and should have maintained better discipline and focus while serving a patient base I came to love.”

He also

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Dentist: Closure of practices impacts patients’ oral health

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) ─ A Johnston dentist believes dentistry is an essential business, but argues that it hasn’t been treated as such throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Rupesh Udeshi, dentist and co-owner of Dental Associates of Rhode Island, said the months his practice was closed had a big impact on the health of many of his patients.

“We’ve had a great backlog and problems that were minor, that have become major. The patient may have just had a cavity or needed a filling, but we haven’t seen them and it’s now more severe and it’s a root canal, and some people who maybe needed a root canal ─ now they need to have the tooth out,” he said.

The World Health Organization recently recommended delaying routine dental care because of the pandemic. But the American Dental Association says they “respectfully yet strongly disagrees.”

“Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry

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Dentist’s offices are reopening for routine care, with fewer patients at a time

Slowly, but surely, dentist’s offices are reopening for routine cleanings and nonemergency procedures.

Since March many dentists — though considered essential in the state — had remained open only for emergency procedures while postponing nonemergency care under recommendations from the American Dental Association to help “flatten the curve.”

Gavin Uchida, owner of Blue Whale Children’s Dentistry in Kaimuki, opened his office for routine cleaning in late May, with new Plexiglas and guidelines in place.

Reopening was a calculated risk, he said, but one that he felt he needed to take in order to provide preventive care to his patients.

Photo Gallery: Hawaii dental offices are reopening for routine care

From a clinical point of view, preventive procedures are less risky than ones required to repair a tooth, he said.

“It’s not an easy decision,” said Uchida, who formerly served as dental director for the state Health Department. “I think it’s

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Los Angeles Surge Hospital to Begin Accepting COVID-19 Patients

Facility opening on the campus of the former St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles

Video of Los Angeles Surge Hospital

SACRAMENTO – A new COVID-19 treatment center
in the former St. Vincent Medical Center will begin accepting COVID-19 transfer
patients from other hospitals in the region on April 13. The facility will
increase capacity in phases with a maximum capacity of 266
beds. California is leasing the medical center to expand the capacity of the
health care delivery system to prepare for a potential surge in COVID-19 cases.

“California continues to prepare our health care delivery
system for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients. I am grateful that the
County of Los Angeles, Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente have joined us in
this effort.” said Governor Gavin Newsom.

“This unprecedented public private partnership between the
State of California, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services,
Dignity Health, and

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Watch this dentist fix a patient’s smile in minutes

Eniyident is an Istanbul-based dental spa that specializes in cosmetic dentistry like veneers, teeth whitening and braces. The company has amassed a following of 124,000 on Instagram thanks to its smile transformations. 

A recent video shows a patient in the process of receiving zirconia crowns. Zirconia crowns have a multitude of purposes varying from the aesthetic to the functional. Dentists recommend them for broken, weak, severely discolored or misshapen teeth. They are also used in combination with dental bridges to strengthen multiple teeth, according to Healthline. 

The patient’s teeth are slightly misaligned and stained yellow. But the dentist carefully attaches each pearlescent veneer to a tooth. The finished look is a smile makeover with whiter, brighter and healthier looking teeth. 

Dentists tend to like zirconia crowns because of the material’s many advantages. It’s durable and robust enough to last at least five years and it’s biocompatible, which means it’s less

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Rabbit virus improves bone marrow transplants

Rabbit virus improves bone marrow transplants

University of Florida Health researchers have discovered that a rabbit virus can deliver a one-two punch, killing some kinds of cancer cells while eliminating a common and dangerous complication of bone marrow transplants. For patients with blood cancers such as leukemia and multiple myeloma, a bone marrow transplant can be both curative and perilous………Go to Health news blog (Added on 6/05/2015 2:18:18 PM)

Measuring treatment response for guiding leukemia treatment

Measuring treatment response for guiding leukemia treatment

Measuring the concentration of leukemia cells in patient bone marrow during the first 46 days of chemotherapy should help boost survival of young leukemia patients by better matching patients with the right intensity of chemotherapy. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators led the research, which appears in the March 20 edition of the journal……..Go to

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Cumberland County dentist treats emergency patients :: WRAL.com

— Several dental clinics across North Carolina have closed. But there are places open to get emergency procedures taken care of and there are several folks who are glad they’re available.”

There is no way around it. Dental work is up close and very personal. Social distancing is just about out the window.

But pain from tooth-related issues needs to be addressed even though many patients have coronavirus fears that extend to the dental office.

Carolina Dentist

“So we are doing everything we can. We wear personal protective equipment. We’re following all OSHA standards. Everything we can to stop that scare,” said Cindy Sky, office manager at Carolina Dentist.

Doctor Corey Mullen owns Carolina Dentist. He’s downsized his staff and decided to keep his seven locations open for emergency procedures only.

“Not only do we want to care for our patients and keep them

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Coronavirus NYC: Dentist handing out free face masks to patient’s caregivers, others in Manhattan

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — It may look like she is jousting, but in fact, Dr. Alisa Kauffman is fighting to keep people healthy.

She is a dentist who usually makes house calls to the homebound elderly in Manhattan, but these days, it’s all about tele-dentistry and giving out masks.

“It’s just a simple surgical mask,” she said, “The ones all dentists use commonly.”

She was proactive when it came to her patients and their caregivers.

“In early March I was telling all of the caregivers, ‘You need to start wearing a mask, you’re traveling on public transportation, you’re taking care of sick people,'” Dr. Kauffman said.

And then she started giving them away.

She has given out hundreds; each bagged, to minimize germs, dangling at the end of a long pole.

Dr. Kauffman has asthma, which puts her at high risk for complications from the new coronavirus, but she’s

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