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07/08/2015 14:09 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 01:12 EDT

B.C. dentist's incompetence caused patient to suffer brain damage: decision

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The regulatory authority for dentists in B.C. says a dental surgeon sedated a young patient to the point that she went into cardiac arrest and suffered a severe brain injury.

A discipline panel of the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. says Dr. Bobby Rishiraj of Kamloops provided deep sedation without being approved to provide such a procedure to patients.

The college says the patient identified only as HZ had gone to Rishiraj's clinic in November 2012 to have her wisdom teeth removed.

It concluded that the dentist was incompetent because he failed to recognize HZ's cardiac arrest in a timely way, delayed response and did not monitor his patients while they were sedated.

Rishiraj attended a hearing in November 2014 and January 2015, and the college says he admitted that he was not operating his facility in compliance with required sedation and general anesthetic standards.

He continues to practise, with limits imposed by the college, pending the outcome of a hearing that will determine a penalty.

The Canadian Press