A Minnesota woman is suing a dentist who she says administered too much anesthesia and performed a battery of procedures that made her disfigured.
In a civil lawsuit, Kathleen Wilson of Minneapolis says Dr. Kevin Molldrem of Molldrem Family Dentistry performed 32 procedures — including eight dental crowns, four root canals and 20 fillings — in one sitting.
Molldrem also allegedly falsified Wilson’s medical records to hide that he gave her an unsafe dose of anesthesia, according to the lawsuit obtained by StarTribune. The maximum dosage allowed for a long procedure is 490 milligrams, but Wilson was allegedly given almost twice that amount, at 960 milligrams, during the July 2020 visit.
Dr. Avrum Goldstein, a Florida dentist who reviewed Wilson’s case backed the lawsuit, calling Molldrem’s actions unsafe.
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Although Molldrem wrote in Wilson’s medical records that he administered eight tubes of a dental anesthetic known as carpules, Goldstein said eight doses were administered in the first dose alone. Molldrem then gave Wilson 15 more carpules throughout the 5 ½ hour procedure, he found.
Performing as many dental procedures, involving 28 teeth, in a single session is “impossible to achieve if … done properly,” said Goldstein. Wilson had decay on “virtually every tooth in her mouth, something that is quite rare,” he noted.
“Katie required a slow, thoughtful, careful and measured response to her disease,” Goldstein said.
“Trying to fill every hole in every tooth in her mouth in one visit is not only the antithesis of what was indicated, it is not humanely possible to achieve in an effective or constructive manner,” he added.
The website of Molldrem’s practice says he opened the office where Wilson was treated “to provide the type of dental care for others as I would want for my own family.”
Wilson is asking for $50,000, for emotional distress and to help cover medical costs for repair. She was treated at the University of Minnesota Dental School over several months in an “attempt to stabilize her mouth,” the lawsuit says.
Goldstein, who said Wilson had extensive damage to begin with, noted patients have a “finite capacity for dental treatment.”
If Wilson ends up having to remove her teeth or replace them with implants “all of the work that was done and all of the expense associated with it will have been for nothing,” the suit says.
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