Fayetteville, N.C. — A dentist’s office in North Carolina has shut down amid an investigation into its employees, state officials said Friday.
The state Office of Public Records has ordered the office’s closure because of an investigation of the office, state Attorney General Adam Laxalt said in a statement.
The office, located at a clinic in North Charlotte, was closed on Wednesday, the day of the first patient admitted to the hospital, state health officials said.
The investigation started after the state Health Department received complaints that a patient was admitted to a dentist’s practice without proper dental care.
The dentist’s assistant was found dead in a storage locker.
The death was ruled a suicide, the state health department said.
Laxat said that the office will be closed until the investigation is complete.
Laid off by its former owner, the dentist’s business was forced to close earlier this year after state officials deemed the practice unqualified to practice dentistry.
A state report in March said that dentists in the state are understaffed, understaffing and underperforming.
Laskal said that he plans to request the state to establish an independent oversight board to review dental practices in the next two months.
“While the board will be looking into all aspects of dental practice in the State of North Carolina, I believe that the public deserves to know if the state is truly committed to protecting the health of its residents and is doing all it can to ensure that they can maintain their care and quality of life,” Laskalt said.