Spokane County dentist suspended for multiple health issues
Sandy Montano has 20 days to respond to the charges and request a hearing.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — Spokane County dentist Sandy Montano has been suspended by the Dental Quality Assurance Commission for violating multiple sanitation and infection control requirements.
According to a Washington State Department of Health press release, an investigator attempted to conduct an infection control inspection at Montano’s clinic on December 1, 2021. Montano reportedly refused the inspection.
The Department of Health said Montano could not practice in Washington until the charges against him were resolved.
According to Department of Health documents, Montano worked as a traveling dentist at various clinics in Washington state.
On April 24, 2019, Montano developed a treatment plan for a patient at a dental office in Yakima. The extended plan involved scaling and root planing on all four quadrants of teeth, restorations, root canal treatment and crowns on several teeth.
However, the patient’s clinical record did not document any objective evidence to support the treatment. Ultimately, the Department of Health alleged that Montano treated the patient unprofessionally and failed to keep accurate patient records.
Montano worked at the Deer Park Dental Office in Deer Park, Washington during the second round of allegations.
On November 17, 2021, the commission received a complaint against Montano, accusing him of using x-ray barriers, towels and vacuums from the trash can and placing them with those not in use. The dentist was also accused of mixing topical gel with indigestible lidocaine, failing to maintain clean water lines, failing to use gloves when working with patients and many other security breaches.
Montano has 20 days to respond to the charges and request a hearing.
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