A dentist in High Point has had her license revoked after the death of two of her patients following surgery.

The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners revoked Shawana Patterson's license to practice dentistry and her general anesthesia permit.

Evidence and testimony allege that Patterson was negligent in treating two patients and that this negligence contributed to their deaths.

The first incident occurred in November of 2017 when a patient came in for jaw surgery. Medical forms showed the individual was not a good candidate for anesthesia outside of a hospital setting.

The patient was oversedated. He died several months later due to brain injury. His doctor testified it was linked to his time under anesthesia.

The second death occurred the following April. Expert testimony indicates that Patterson's treatment was also a contributing factor.

Legal documents indicate there was no qualified assistant monitoring patients during the procedures.   

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