A West Australian dentist has been banned as a practitioner after administering such a large quantity of sedative to a young boy that he could have stopped breathing and died.

Ananda Krishnan was disqualified from practising for four years on orders from State Administrative Tribunal over the shocking misconduct that occurred three years ago when he was working at a dental clinic in South Hedland.

He was also ordered to pay $6000 in costs to the Dental Board of Australia.

The tribunal’s judgment found Mr Krishnan, 66, administered 10mg of midazolam by way of an oral sedative to the boy, 5, when he attended the clinic with his mother for treatment in December 2019.

It is understood the boy’s mother had informed Mr Krishnan of her child’s weight prior to the excess dosage.

The tribunal found the pre-anaesthetic dose was considered “greater than what would achieve a state of conscious sedation” for a child.

“The risks of (Mr Krishnan) administering a 10mg dose of midazolam … included that the child could have stopped breathing with potentially fatal consequences,” the tribunal’s judgment stated.

Source link