South Carolina Dentistry Professional License Defense Attorneys
The South Carolina Board of Dentistry enforces the governing practice act and regulations. A South Carolina dental license complaint may be filed against a dentist, dental hygienist, or dental tech licensed in South Carolina.
Conduct for which a licensee may be disciplined includes, but is not limited to:
- criminal conduct;
- practicing beyond the authorized scope of practice or allowing professional duties to be performed by unauthorized staff;
- negligence/substandard practice;
- practicing while intoxicated or impaired by alcohol, drugs, or mental disability;
- drug abuse or addiction;
- alcohol abuse or addiction;
- inappropriate conduct with patients;
- filing a false claim for reimbursement; or
- failing to maintain proper records.
Depending upon the circumstances, a South Carolina Board of Dentistry complaint may result in a license denial, public reprimand, suspension, or even license revocation. Our South Carolina Board of Dentistry Defense attorneys are here to help.
It is important to understand that receiving a South Carolina dental board complaint does not mean that you are guilty or that you have done anything wrong.
Responding to a South Carolina Board of Dentistry Complaint
Whether made by a patient, employee, or another dental professional, a complaint made to the South Carolina Board of Dentistry will prompt an investigation provided that the facts, if true, would constitute a violation of the practice act.
If a South Carolina dental board complaint is filed against you, you can expect to receive a call from a South Carolina Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) investigator. Any information obtained during the course of the investigation may be used against you.
Even if the investigator tells you that he or she simply wants to hear your side of the story so that he/she can close the case, it is absolutely critical that you speak with a South Carolina dentist license attorney before discussing the case with an investigator. Remember, the investigator works for LLR, and is not necessarily looking out for your best interest.
Don’t risk your professional livelihood. When contacted by an investigator concerning a misconduct matter, call one of our South Carolina professional license defense attorneys for a free consultation before its too late.
South Carolina Board of Dentistry Discipline
When a South Carolina dentist is found guilty in committing professional misconduct, he or she will be subject to disciplinary action which can include a reprimand, suspension, revocation, as well as a fine. Depending upon the circumstances, a dental professional may also be subject to a monitoring agreement with the South Carolina Recovering Professional Program (“RPP”).
You have the right to a hearing before the South Carolina Dentistry Board.
Handling a Referral to RPP
If you are accused of experiencing problems related to alcohol or drug abuse, you may be referred to RPP for an assessment to determine whether you need treatment and continued monitoring. RPP operates under a contract between LRADAC and LLR. It is the approved monitoring program for licensees of the South Carolina Board of Dentistry. RPP is tasked with ensuring you are safe to return to practice. If you are referred for an evaluation with RPP, give us a call to discuss the facts of your case and hear how we can help.
The Strom Law Firm, LLC represents and defends South Carolina professionals in disciplinary matters involving allegations of professional misconduct as well in criminal matters. If you are a dentist, dental hygienist, or a dental tech and are being investigated by LLR, give us a call for a free consultation. 803.252.4800