Indiana Dentist Says Patient Who Woke Up With No Teeth is Lying

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COLUMBUS, Ind.  — Remember that Indiana man who said he was scheduled to have four teeth pulled, but instead woke up and he had no teeth at all left in his mouth? His dentist says the man and his wife are lying about the procedure in which the patient had all of his teeth removed.

During an exclusive interview with WXIN Sunday, Dr. Aaron Strickland, at White River Dental in Columbus, presented a consent form for a full mouth teeth extraction signed by Donny Grigsby March 15.  Strickland says Grigsby signed the document with encouragement from his wife, Amanda, before the procedure began.

“The claims that we have got are false accusations,” Dr. Strickland said.  “They’re malicious.  The whole thing feels like an extraction extortion.”

Donny and Amanda Grigsby claim they were expecting Dr. Strickland to pull four of Donny’s teeth.  They are now seeking a lawsuit against Dr. Strickland.

Strickland’s statement says Donny Grigsby’s medical history and x-rays showed 27 of Donny’s 28 teeth were decayed beyond repair and there was infection throughout his mouth.

“Donny had multiple large cavities in almost every tooth,” Strickland said.  “The cavities were so extensive that they were into the nerves of multiple teeth.”

Strickland  says he presented two treatment options. The first was series of visits to perform root canals and selective extractions and then replace the salvageable teeth with crowns and/or bridges. The second option would be a full mouth extraction followed by fitting for dentures.  Mrs. Grigsby was there and already had dentures herself; she urged Donny to have all of his teeth removed.  Donny signed the treatment plan and an Oral Surgery Consent Form for a full mouth extraction, Strickland said.

Strickland says he then put Grigsby under a type of anesthesia known as conscious sedation, so he was conscious throughout the procedure. His wife came back several times and visited with Donny.

The Grigsbys have also claimed that Dr. Strickland overdosed during sedation, resulting in an ambulance transport to Columbus Regional Hospital.

Strickland says Donny failed to mention his history of being on blood thinners or his history of blood clotting when he filled out his medical history forms.

 

“Had Mr. Grigsby been truthful about his past medical history and medications, I would have sent him home with a prescription for an antibiotic and referred him to an oral surgeon for the procedure,” Strickland said.

Until now, Dr. Strickland has been legally prohibited from speaking publicly about the March 15th appointment.  But since the Grigsbys made their public accusations, Strickland says his dental office has been losing between 10 and 15 patients per day.

Last week, Strickland obtained legal permission from the Grigsbys to discuss details only from the March 15th appointment.  Strickland’s attorney says the Grigsbys have not permitted Strickland to comment on at least three follow-up visits after March 15th.  Strickland and his legal team are seeking a court order to allow him to comment in full detail about all of his interactions with the Grigsbys.