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COLUMBUS, Ind. - An Indiana dentist and patient are going back and forth over a dentist appointment gone terribly wrong.
Donny Grigsby said he recently went to White River Dental in Columbus, Indiana, to have four teeth removed, and when he woke up, he had no teeth.
Now, Dr. Aaron Strickland, Grigsby’s dentist, says his patient is lying.
In an exclusive interview with WXIN on Sunday, Strickland presented a consent form for a full mouth teeth extraction signed by Grigsby on 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,” Strickland told reporters. “They’re malicious. The whole thing feels like an extraction extortion.”
Grigsby’s wife claimed that after several hours in the waiting room, she wanted to know what was going on with his procedure. She said doctors told her that they were scared the infection would spread from one tooth that was abscessed. They were expecting Strickland to pull only four teeth.
“There is blood all over him, all over his shirt,” she told WRTV, “and my husband is droopy eyed, not responsive.”
Strickland said, “Donny had multiple large cavities in almost every tooth,” and “the cavities were so extensive that they were into the nerves of multiple teeth.” After laying out the treatment options to Grigsby, “Donny signed the treatment plan and an Oral Surgery Consent Form for a full mouth extraction," Strickland said.
Strickland also claims that Grigsby failed to mention health history such as being on blood thinners, or his history of blood clotting when filling out his medical history form.
“It would have been good to know if he was on blood thinners, or if he wasn’t on blood thinners because either way it tells us there was some other historical issues going on,” Strickland told WXIN. “And neither one was discussed.”
According to the reports, 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.