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Prince George dentist fined after young patient hospitalized

B.C.'s College of Dental Surgeons launched an investigation into Dr. Luc Magne's practice because a young patient was admitted to the hospital after being sedated by him in 2019.
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A Prince George dentist who admitted to operating outside his expertise while treating young patients has been fined $40,000.

Dr. Luc Magne is registered as a specialist in pediatric dentistry with the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C., and he owns his own practice in Prince George. 

According to a publication notice from April 21, he will forego a discipline hearing because he admitted wrongdoing and proposed a resolution with the college.

The resolution requires Dr. Magne be reprimanded and to pay a fine of $40,000, plus an extra $2,000 for the costs of the investigation. He is also permanently banned from providing any level of sedation in any dental facility in B.C., running a facility that provides sedation, managing sedation services, and he has to provide a list of all his staff to the College.

The penalty comes as the result of a child who was admitted to the hospital after being treated by Dr. Magne in December 2019. The child’s mother issued a complaint with the College.

At the time he was authorized to sedate patients to a limited degree. However an investigation of the site, conducted by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C., “revealed significant issues including concerns about patients entering a deeper level of sedation than Dr. Magne was approved to provide,” the notice reads.

Furthermore, a pediatric anaesthesiologist reviewed 15 of Dr. Magne’s patient files, which “identified further serious concerns relating to the sedation provided to those patients and the emergency preparedness of the facility.“

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In regards to the child who was hospitalized, Dr. Magne admitted to professional misconduct for failing to perform and record required assessments prior to providing sedation, and ensuring “he had the necessary training, skills and equipment for pediatric airway management to allow rescue of the patient.”

As for the other concerns identified among other patients, he admitted to more professional misconduct, including administering ketamine orally without running the the proper diagnostics and “without permission,” according to the college.

He also provided sedation at his clinic while out of compliance with the College’s rules for sedation, he continued procedures while his patients entered deeper levels of sedation than he was allowed to provide, he didn’t perform or record levels of consciousness during procedures or recoveries, he discharged patients without making sure they were at pre-sedation levels of consciousness, he failed to conduct adequate monitoring, he sedated pediatric patients without a current certification, he hadn’t completed basic life support or CPR course, and he let a health professional who was not a dentist or registered nurse administer oral sedation meds.

Dr. Magne admitted to more professional misconduct involving his clinic. He did not adequately maintain medication and equipment in the emergency mobile cart, he failed to make sure staff were qualified to assist with sedation or manage medical emergencies, he did not conduct mock emergency drills which are required, he failed to ensure the required equipment was available during sedation, and his restricted drugs were not stored away properly.

He can still operate a dental facility but only in relation to matters that don’t involve sedation. If sedation is required for a procedure, it can only be done if a qualified dentist or medical practitioner is acting as facility director. In that case, his website and informed consent documents will have to provide the name of the dentist running his clinic.

On the college’s registrant lookup, his profile now says “No level of sedation services can be provided by Dr. Luc Magne and no sedation services can be provided by any other practitioner at his Prince George practice.”

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