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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Dental Board is reviewing the death of a patient who had been placed under sedation.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the board thinks Dr. Zachary Harrison of Williamston used a sedation drugs on a patient who was not a good candidate for the procedure and died Oct. 1.

The board issued an emergency suspension of Harrison on Dec. 2. The suspension is based on preliminary evidence while the board reviews the case.

Harrison may continue to practice and can use nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, while the case is being reviewed.

Harrison would not talk about the case based on advice from his attorney.

The suspension comes two months after a Cary dentist, Toni Mascherin, lost her license following a patient’s death under sedation.

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