Dentist denies he took healthy tooth

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An ‘INTIMIDATING’ dentist took out a woman’s tooth without her consent and claimed it was ‘poking her in the cheek’, a hearing was told.

Terlochen Sangherra ignored the patient’s objections that it was healthy before the extraction at a Sheffield surgery, it is claimed.

It was one of a series of mistakes that led to his employment at Broadfield Dentist Practice on Broadfield Close, Abbeydale, being ‘terminated with immediate effect’ after just over a month.

Sangherra is also said to have stated he would not treat patients with HIV, failed to write adequate records and wore his dirty gloves and masks around the premises.

He is now fighting to be allowed to continue in the profession at a misconduct hearing before the General Dental Council in central London.

Dental nurse Georgina Dean said Sangherra barely spoke to patients and would often give them treatments without obtaining consent or properly explaining what would happen.

Ms Dean said: “There was a new lady that came in. He took out her tooth without asking for her consent.

“She looked at the tooth and said it was healthy and why did it need to be taken out. He said it was poking her in the cheek. That was when I complained and said I didn’t want to work with this dentist.”

Ms Dean added: “He would touch notes and pens with his dirty gloves and he would go down to reception in his dirty gloves and mask.”

This would open admin staff to a risk of infection when handling notes, the panel heard.

Practice manager Anna Smith said concerns were raised about his work and lack of information he was putting on patients’ notes within his first week at the surgery from June 1, 2009.

But when Mrs Smith confronted Sangherra, she said: “He got quite upset with me and was quite intimidating. He said he believed his notes were as good as anybody else’s, there was nothing wrong with his notes.”

Mrs Smith also told the hearing: “We had a patient come in and he said he would be lucky if that patient had got treatment because he was HIV positive and he would have been referred.

“I believe the cross infection processes that we have would mean that there shouldn’t be any need to treat them any differently from anybody else.”

Sangherra, who qualified in 1981, could be kicked out of the profession if found guilty of misconduct.

He has admitted failing to accurately record results and treatments for a number of patients, take X-rays, report the taking of X-rays and failing to provide hygiene advise in relation to one patient.

Sangherra also partially admitted the failure of taking a full written record in relation to two patients.

He denies failing to adhere to appropriate standards of cross-infection control, providing a patient’s wife with a prescription or making a note of this, failing to communicate effectively with patients and denies he ‘inappropriately stated to a colleague or colleagues that he would not treat patients with HIV or hepatitis’.

The hearing continues.