An Alaska dentist who was recorded extracting a patient’s tooth while riding a hoverboard has been sentenced to more than a decade behind bars.
Seth Lookhart was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday in Anchorage Superior Court on dozens of charges, including Medicaid fraud, reckless endangerment and unlawful dental acts, the Anchorage Daily News reported. What’s more, the ex-dentist will not be allowed to practice medicine during his 10-year probation period after his eventual release.
“In reviewing all this over and over again, I have this visceral response — you darn near killed some people,” Judge Michael Wolverton said.
The 2016 hoverboard cellphone video — which shows Lookhart doing dental work on a sedated patient before zipping down the hall in triumph — opened him up to widespread scrutiny, and ultimately, a deeper probe into his practices.
A jury in January convicted Lookhart for his antics, which also included leaving his patients sedated and unsupervised for long periods of time and removing teeth without permission.
In 2016, he and his former office manager Shauna Cranford also billed nearly $2 million in unjustified IV sedation expenses, according to charging documents.
“Perhaps most notable of all is the fact that this overwhelming amount of evidence was often supported, and often in excruciating detail, by Dr. Lookhart’s own texts, photos and videos,” the judge said at the time, per a previous Anchorage Daily News report.
Lookhart apologized for his action in court while reading a prepared statement.
“While I do not doubt that I was able to render care and alleviate the pain to many people who were in dire need, I also know that I could have and should have maintained better discipline and focus while serving a patient base I came to love,” he said.
Lookhart will begin serving his sentence on December 7, the Fairfield Citizen reported. The one-time dentist purchased Alaska Dental Arts in 2015 and changed the name to Clear Creek Dental.
His license was suspended when the allegations were raised against him in 2017.