Gainesville, FL—(CN) A local family dentist is facing a lawsuit after he was allegedly removed from the family dentist’s office by a male patient and accused of “pushing his face against the back of the table” to make him cough.
The suit filed Tuesday by a Gainesville resident alleges Dr. Robert O. Glynn was removed from his office and not allowed to return to practice.
“In addition to pushing his face into the backrest of the desk and onto the desk in front of him, Dr. Glynns face and mouth were shoved back and forth by a patient, who was wearing a mask and had an empty bottle of saline on his forehead and forehead area,” the suit claims.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
The Gainesville Sun reports Glynn is a family dentist who has practiced in the city since 2009.
The Daily Caller reports Glynnes office has no phone number, and the only phone number listed on his website is his practice address.
The Florida Department of Health is investigating the incident, which occurred on January 26.
Gwinne has not returned a request for comment.
The Sun reports that Glynn and his assistant are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
The department said in a statement that it was aware of the complaint, but could not comment on pending litigation.
In a recent letter to a Gainesville resident, Glynn reportedly said, “I am very sorry about what happened to you, your family and the rest of your family, I hope that you understand my apology and your understanding.”
The lawsuit, which was filed by attorney Robert Glynne, says the alleged incident occurred because Glynn’s assistant was “inappropriately wearing a facial mask and masking tape during their shift.”
The complaint alleges the assistant was not trained in the use of the masks and said he wore the mask to make the patient cough.
“The assistant had been using a mask for years and knew the difference between mask and bandage, which are both bandages.
The assistant said he did not have a problem with the mask.
The patient was coughing for several minutes, and while he was coughing, the assistant said, ‘I’ll get you a mask,'” the suit says.
The family dentist reportedly said he was in the process of taking a test, but it was not clear if the patient tested positive.
The complaint claims that Glynn told the patient he was not allowed into the office.
“I have been working here for over a decade and I am sure my attitude is very good,” Glynn allegedly said.
“But it was just one of those things.
It was one of the things that I felt was unnecessary.”
A statement from the Gainesville City Council, which is representing Glynn in the lawsuit, said in part, “The City of Gainesville takes this matter very seriously.
We will be fully cooperating with the investigation and will take all appropriate steps to ensure the rights of all citizens are protected.”
A representative for the Gaineslian Health Department did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.