Hastings Dentist Charged In Laughing Gas Case

Police say a Hastings dentist allowed non-patients to use nitrous oxide and used the gas himself, on and off the job. Forty-five-year-old Christopher Tomczyk faces two felony counts of falsifying or altering medical records and misdemeanor charges of prohibited use of chemical agents and distributing nitrous oxide. Police tell The Grand Rapids Press Tomczyk used nitrous oxide, an anesthetic known as laughing gas, at his dental office in Hastings, about 115 miles west of Detroit.

They say he falsified or altered charts used to track the use of the gas that gives patients a sense of euphoria and lightheadedness.

A message seeking comment was left at Tomczyk’s dental office.
   Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids
   (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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