Dentist pulls out a patient's tooth while riding hoverboard
A dentist who has been charged with unlawful acts in the workplace was captured on camera pulling out a patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard.
Seth Lookhart, a dentist at Clear Creek Dental in Anchorage, was filmed while performing a procedure on a patient named Veronica Wilhelm back in 2016.
Check out the bizarre footage below:
In the video, Lookhart and a female dental assistant can be seen tending to Wilhelm as the dentist proceeds to remove his patient's tooth - all while he stands on a hoverboard. After a brief look, he hands the tooth over to the dental assistant and then shoots out of the room on his hoverboard.
The person continues to film Lookhart as he zooms down the hallway before raising both arms up in an apparent display of celebration.
Meanwhile, Wilhelm had been sedated and was thus completely unaware that her dentist had been operating while riding a hoverboard, KTUU reports.
The incident was one of several which prompted authorities to issue the dentist with criminal charges. Lookhart also faces allegations that he unnecessarily sedated Medicaid patients to maximize Medicaid payments, according to the publication.
In total, the disgraced dentist is facing 42 charges, including unlawful dental acts and fraud, that he will fight during his bench trial that began November 12.
When Lookhart was charged, the Alaska Board of Dental Examiners suspended his license to practice dentistry and sedation in June.
Following the hoverboard incident, he allegedly sent the video to a number of people saying it was a "new standard of care."
KTUU reports that Wilhelm testified on Wednesday that she had never consented to Lookhart using a hoverboard,
Prosecutor Joan Wilson asked: "When did Dr. Lookhart get your approval to take out your tooth on a hoverboard?" Wilhelm replied, "He never did. I obviously wouldn't have approved that. That's dangerous,"
"If you were awake and not sedated when Dr. Lookhart came into the operatory on a hoverboard, what would you have said to him?" Wilson continued.
"I would've said "hell no!"," Wilhelm answered. "No, that's unprofessional. It's crazy."
Lookhart's patient then explained that she had only found out about the hoverboard when she was contacted by investigators.
She admitted to being "shocked, pretty livid — p***ed off" when she learned the truth.
"I think you have to be pretty narcissistic, you must be pretty full of yourself to think you can pull someone’s tooth out on a hoverboard," she said.
During cross-examination, defense attorney Paul Stockler apologized to Wilhelm on behalf of his client.
"I want you to know that as his lawyer, I apologize for what he did on that hoverboard," he said.
"It’s unacceptable and you can be assured that when I agreed to represent him, I got in his face and told him what I thought about him for doing this, which I think needed to be done,' Stockler continued. "He knows he did that on the hoverboard, the question is what effect, if any, that should have on his dental license and whether that’s a crime."