State Suspends License of Local Pediatric Dentist
A pediatric dentist is in the hot seat after the state suspended his license.
Doctor Michael Tarver is the owner of Polliwog Dental in Ocala.
He is accused of violating several laws including altering medical records, using general anesthesia without parent consent and withholding information from parents.
On Wednesday the Florida Department of Health issued an emergency suspension of Dr. Tarver's dental license.
"I'm just appalled about how the things that went on here that the parents weren't notified of," said Chris Yancey who takes his two kids to Polliwog Dental.
On Thursday Yancey stopped by Polliwog Dental to pick up his children's medical records so he can look for a new dentist.
"When you hear about this kind of stuff it really puts a bad taste in your mouth and really makes you wonder about the visits when your kids were here and what happened when they were back there," said Yancey.
In July a Florida Department of Health investigator visited Dr.Tarver's office to obtain medical records.
The investigation revealed back in June 2013, Dr.Tarver placed a four- year- old girl under general anesthesia for a procedure, even though the girls mother gave explicit instructions not to.
"I know it's just dentistry, but it is still major work that you are getting done sometimes being under sedation. When it comes to the life of my child of course I would want to know immediately," said Yancey.
The 10 page document also describes another incident where Dr.Tarver allegedly used a drug called "midazolam" to sedate a four -year- old girl.
At one point the child stopped breathing and turned blue.
Then Dr. Tarver allegedly issued Narcan to reverse the sedation.
After performing CPR, the girl regained consciousness.
According to the Florida Department of Health Dr.Tarver instructed his staff members not to mention anything about the incident and if they did he would terminate and sue them. The document also revealed that no one notified the girls parents about when she stopped breathing and when they had to resuscitate her.
Many parents said the dental office had a strict policy on not allowing parents in the back of office with their kids.
The Polliwog office was closed on Thursday, but the Department of Health reports Dr.Tarver's wife Rebecca, who is also a dentist, will continue to operate the facility.
"I definitely think that the wife would definitely know what's going on and that definitely makes me want to pack my bags and go to a different office," said Yancey.
We called Dr. Tarver several times to get a comment from him, but he never answered the phone, wasn't at his office and we couldn't get to his home because it is gated.
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