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Dentist who extracted a patient’s tooth while riding a hoverboard sentenced to 12 years

An Alaska dentist was also filmed riding a hoverboard during a procedure on a patient who was under anesthesia was convicted on 46 counts of defrauding the federal Medicaid program has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton found Seth Lookhart, 35, guilty Jan. 17 of pressuring patients to needlessly undergo intravenous sedation to bill Medicaid for the service.

Wolverton on Monday suspended eight years of the sentence, leaving Lookhart 12 years of prison time to serve.

The state requested that the court order Lookhart to pay more than $2 million in restitution for the Medicaid fraud.

A 25-second video that appeared to have been filmed using a phone showed Lookhart riding a hoverboard into an exam room before removing a tooth from a sedated patient and then pivoting and riding away.

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A video showed Seth Lookhart riding a hoverboard while removing a tooth
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Anchorage dentist who defrauded Medicaid and extracted patient tooth while riding hoverboard sentenced to prison

An Anchorage dentist who extracted a patient’s tooth while on a hoverboard was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for dozens of charges including Medicaid fraud.

Seth Lookhart was captured on video extracting the tooth from the unconscious patient. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton said Monday that Lookhart nearly killed several patients by frequently sedating them for extended periods of time.

“In reviewing all this over and over again, I have this visceral response — you darn near killed some people,” he said.

Lookhart was found guilty by a jury in January on 46 charges including Medicaid fraud, embezzlement, reckless endangerment and unlawful dental acts. He formerly worked at Alaska Dental Arts in 2015 but bought the business the next year and changed its name to Clear Creek Dental.

Charges against Lookhart were filed in 2017 after a former employee told investigators the dentist was increasing profits by

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Alaska dentist, Seth Lookhart, who extracted a patient’s tooth on a hoverboard sentenced to 12 years in jail

Seth Lookhart, 35, was convicted on 46 felony and misdemeanor counts in January, including medical assistance fraud, scheme to defraud, illegal practice of dentistry and reckless endangerment.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton sentenced Lookhart on Monday to serve 20 years in jail with eight years suspended, the statement said. That means Lookhart will serve 12 years behind bars. He also cannot practice dentistry during his 10 years of probation.

Lookhart apologized for his actions while reading from a prepared statement.

“Looking back, I can’t say exactly when I began to go off course,” he said, CNN affiliate KTUU reported. “While I do not doubt that I was able to render care and alleviate the pain to many people who were in dire need, I also know that I could have and should have maintained better discipline and focus while serving a patient base I came to love.”

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Dentist who extracted tooth on hoverboard gets 12 years

An Alaska dentist who extracted a patient’s tooth while riding on a hoverboard has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars for that stunt and other wheel-y bad crimes.

Seth Lookhart was sentenced Monday in Anchorage Superior Court on dozens of charges that stemmed from his scooting antics to Medicaid fraud and removing a patient’s teeth without their permission, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

He was convicted back in January on charges of reckless endangerment, illegally practicing dentistry and medical assistance fraud.

“In reviewing all this over and over again, I have this visceral response — you darn near killed some people,” Judge Michael Wolverton said in handing down the sentence.

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Seth Lookhart on the hoverboard during the procedure.

The court heard testimony at his trial from patient Veronica Wilhelm, who was sedated when he was recorded performing her tooth extraction on a hoverboard in July 2016.

In the cellphone

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Amid coronavirus pandemic, dentist reports uptick in tooth fractures

A dentist has seen an uptick in tooth fractures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Tammy Chen, prosthodontist, and owner of Central Park Dental Aesthetics in Midtown Manhattan, described her patients’ teeth troubles in the New York Times on Tuesday and offered several possible explanations.

“I’ve seen more tooth fractures in the last six weeks than in the previous six years,” Chen recalled saying to a friend.

While Chen addressed an increased call volume via telemedicine in mid-March when the office closed (for issues like jaw pain, migraines, and tooth sensitivity), she reported at least one fracture every day since reopening in June.

She says “one obvious answer” behind the fractures is stress, from “COVID-induced nightmares to ‘doomsurfing’ to ‘coronaphobia,” and added that it’s clear the ongoing pandemic is causing anxiety, thereby affecting mental health. The stress may cascade to “clenching and grinding” that can damage teeth, Chen explained.

A dentist has voiced an uptick in tooth fractures amid the coronavirus pandemic. (iStock)

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Visit Your Family Dentist to Treat a Cracked Tooth

If there is sudden pain in a tooth, a visit to a family dentist can determine if the tooth is cracked. Cracked teeth can occur in various fashions.

How to identify a cracked tooth

Causes

Biting into something hard, like the pit of stone fruits, may cause a crack. So could a direct blow, possible in car accidents or street fights. Unassuming causes, like the grinding of teeth and drastic changes in mouth temperature from hot to cold, may also cause a tooth to crack.

Symptoms

Symptoms to beware of if any of the previous scenarios have occurred are various. Pain while chewing, especially upon releasing the bite is typical. Cracked teeth can also become particularly sensitive to extreme temperatures. Enamel, the outer layer of teeth, covers loads of nerve endings which are exposed when teeth are cracked. This explains the phenomena of temperature sensitivity. Throbbing throughout the day and

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Man Pulls Own Tooth in Quarantine, Dentist Says Don’t Try It

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New England Patriots traded Duron Harmon to Lions while he was in dentist chair: ‘He starts wiggling the tooth and my phone is vibrating’

Former Patriots safety Duron Harmon found out he had been traded to the Lions while getting a tooth pulled Wednesday morning.

Harmon, who was dealt to Detroit after seven seasons in New England, originally went to the dentist for a small procedure. His dentist suggested he also get a wisdom tooth removed during the appointment and had just started that process when Pats head coach Bill Belichick called Harmon to relay the news of the trade.

“He starts wiggling the tooth and my phone is vibrating,” Harmon told Lions team reporter Tori Petry. “For some reason — I don’t really even look at my phone when I’m at the dentist — but I pulled it out and saw it was Coach Belichick. I was like, ‘Alright, I’ll call him back when this guy finishes taking out my tooth. Literally, 10 minutes go by and he calls me again. Right

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A dentist was filmed extracting a tooth while on a hoverboard. He was just convicted on 46 counts

Seth Lookhart was convicted on 46 felony and misdemeanor counts in Anchorage Superior Court on Friday by Judge Michael Wolverton, who called the evidence presented by the state during a five-week bench trial “overwhelming,” the Department of Law said in a news release.

A lawsuit filed by the state in 2017 charged Lookhart with “unlawful dental acts,” saying his patient care did not meet professional standards.

Lookhart, the lawsuit said, “performed a dental extraction procedure on a sedated patient while riding a hoverboard,” filmed the procedure and then sent it to several people.

In at least one conversation, Lookhart joked that performing oral surgery on a hoverboard was a “new standard of care,” the lawsuit said, citing phone records.

Lookhart was also charged with medical assistance fraud for billing Medicaid for procedures that were either unnecessary or not properly justified and theft of $25,000 or more by diverting funds from

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