Dentist Allowed to Resume Practice with Limitations after Eden Prairie Teen's Death

Sydney Galleger Photo: KSTP File Photo
Sydney Galleger

March 11, 2016 05:19 PM

An Edina dentist will be allowed to resume his practice with some limitations after a patient went into cardiac arrest during oral surgery and died.

A document filed with the Board of Dentistry on Friday says Dr. Paul Tompach will keep his license as long as he follows certain guidelines.


The guidelines include a psychological “Fitness for Duty” evaluation, one-on-one education in emergency management and sedation, and monitoring for one year.

He will also have to pay a $10,000 fine.

Seventeen-year-old Sydney Galleger died last summer from complications while her wisdom teeth were being removed. Her mother, Diane Galleger, said her daughter's blood pressure shot up, her pulse dropped and she went into cardiac arrest. Sydney died later at Children's Hospital.

An order for temporary suspension said the board received credible information that Tompach "failed to provide appropriate oral surgery care" when extracting four wisdom teeth, that he "failed to manage a medical emergency" and he enabled dental personnel "to perform tasks which exceeded their legal scope of practice."


Jennie Lissarrague

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