If you’re not scared or at least a little upset about going to the dentist, you’re probably scared after reading the story about 35-year-old Seth Lookhart, according tomedia reports. Lookhart, who works in dentistry in Alaska, was probably the worst dentist in the United States during his time with patients. The court ruled that he was not only not good at dentists, but was also a criminal and that he would now be jailed for 12 years for his crimes.
Lookhart was sentenced to 20 years in prison, eight of which were suspended, followed by 10 years of probation. During this time, he will be banned from dental work, and it is safe to say that his medical career may be over.
So what exactly did Lookhart do to label himself the “worst dentist”? First, he rode a hoverboard in the operating room to pull out a patient who had taken sedatives. He filmed his show and sent it to his friends. He also embezzled public money, filed fake Medicaid applications and put money in his pocket, while performing thousands of anaesthetics on patients — when in fact he had no training or legal permission.
Most importantly, at a trial in January, the court heard that Lookhart’s patients often woke up from the operation to realize that the dentist had performed the wrong operation on them. Sometimes, Lookhart pulls out the wrong teeth or does something to the patient without consent.
But his sentence didn’t end there, as he now faces additional charges and charges from his client and the state of Alaska, which said it would seek $2 million to cover the cash it embezzled from Medicaid.
Still, Lookhart says he hopes to review his dental career at some point in the future.
Given the series of charges he has just been convicted of, the idea is rather bold. In fact, the state is planning a permanent ban on Lookhart’s dental work, but the final ruling has yet to take effect.