Two Patients Died After Going to Dentist Who Lost License, NC Officials Say

A North Carolina dentist has lost her license after two patients were hospitalized and died following visits, state officials said.

The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners revoked Shawana Patterson’s license to practice dentistry, as well as her general anesthesia permit, according to a board document.

The decision was reached after a patient died following a Nov. 9, 2017 visit, and another patient died following a procedure at Patterson’s High Point office on March 28, 2018, according to the board. Patterson’s use of anesthesia was a factor in both deaths, the document said.

Messages left with Patterson seeking comment were not immediately returned.

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