A Shoreline dentist has lost his license to practice for seven years, after being found to have heavily sedated a female patient who later...
A Shoreline dentist has lost his license to practice for seven years, after being found to have heavily sedated a female patient who later wandered the dental office without pants.
Christopher A. Wodja, who was licensed to practice in Washington in 2002 — despite an out-of-state assault conviction — had been practicing at North City Dental. He had a previous entanglement with Washington’s Dental Quality Assurance Commission, as well.
According to findings of fact the commission released this week, the female patient (whose identity was not released by the commission) sought treatment for an abscess in October 2007. Wodja prescribed her several narcotic drugs and a sedative, and told her to return at night after taking some of the sedative.
He later asked her roommates to bring the remaining pills. When they arrived, they saw her wandering the office in a see-through gown provided by Wodja. She was unclothed from the waist down.
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The commission found that Wodja administered additional sedatives at double the maximum allowable dosage.
The woman couldn’t remember exactly what happened. Alarmed, the roommates called police, and the patient was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Doctors there did not find that Wodja had sexual intercourse with her.
The dental commission found Wodja violated key regulations throughout the encounter: He gave her too many drugs; didn’t monitor the effects of those drugs or note the treatment in her chart; and didn’t have staff on hand to help in case of emergency.
The planned treatment was to take 20 minutes, but the woman’s visit lasted an hour-and-a-half. Harborview wound up treating the abscess later that night, the board wrote.
In 2004, the dental board required Wodja to undergo continuing education after improperly placing a crown in another patient’s mouth.
Five years earlier, while he was living in Boston, Wodja was accused of offering a teen a ride, then trying to molest her. He dragged her into a wooded area and ripped off her shirt as she fought back, according to prosecutors.
He was convicted at trial of assault, a misdemeanor, although he had originally been charged with more serious crimes.
He told Washington officials about the conviction when he applied for his license but didn’t share all the details.
Washington law does not prohibit granting a health-care license to people convicted of simple misdemeanors.
Maureen O’Hagan: 206-464-2562 or firstname.lastname@example.org