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Kids’ Dentist Fights Suspension

Doug Engle
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Dr. Michael Addair Tarver’s license has been suspended by an emergency order from the Florida Department of Health, the Ocala Star-Banner reports (paywall in effect). According to DOH records, the dentist allegedly tried to cover up two separate incidents involving 4-year-old patients having a reaction to anesthesia. One stopped breathing and required resuscitation, according to the complaint; in the other, he is accused of using general anesthesia against the mother’s wishes. Tarver denies the allegations. He says his wife, whose dental license is clear and active, will continue to care for patients at their office, called Pollywog Dental. See the emergency suspension order here.  

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