Kamloops dentist Bobby Rishiraj permanently banned from sedating patients, fined $25,000, reprimanded

DENTAL surgeon Dr. Bobbly (Bob) Rishiraj, who owns and operates Kamloops Oral Surgery and Implant Centre, has been permanently prohibited from providing any level of sedation services in any dental facility in B.C. following an investigation into the centre.

He has been fined $25,000 and has to pay $4,000 to the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. (CDSBC) towards the costs of the investigation. He has also been reprimanded.

However, he has been allowed to continue to act as operator or director of the centre, but only in relation to non-sedation issues.

Rishiraj was  previously disciplined in 2015, when he had to pay a fine of $50,000 and costs of more than $50,000 after a patient went into cardiac arrest and subsequently sustained a severe brain injury while under deep sedation. His facility was not approved as a deep sedation facility and he was not approved to provide deep sedation to patients.

According to the CDSBC publication notice posted on November 17, “Dr. Rishiraj has admitted to professional misconduct in that he provided sedation services at the facility when it was not operating in compliance with CDSBC’s standards and guidelines.”

Additionally, he failed to: ​adequately maintain sedation records for his patients, and perform and record required pre-operative assessments or record the patient’s level of consciousness; adequately maintain the medication and equipment in the facility’s emergency mobile cart; ensure the facility staff that assisted with moderate sedation were appropriately qualified and/or trained to do so; conduct mock emergency drills as required; and adequately store and log restricted drugs​.