56-year-old Raul Rodriguez
RENO, NV - A Reno man has been arrested for performing illegal dentistry out of a trailer after one of his patients ended up in intensive care.
Reno Police Department responded to a local hospital Monday to meet with medical staff regarding a subject in Intensive Care due to an airway blockage after receiving improper dental care.
Further investigation revealed 56-year-old Raul Rodriguez was performing dentistry out of a nondescript mobile home on Gentry Way and he was not a licensed dentist.
RPD detectives issued a search warrant at the mobile home and located numerous items indicating dental work had in fact been occurring at that location. Detectives also recovered numerous items from Rodriguez's home, all used in various aspects of dentistry.
Rodriguez's only dental training was reportedly received in a foreign country at the level of "dental assistant," however, this could not be confirmed. He has prior convictions for practicing dentistry without a license according to police.
He is currently being held on $5,000 bail at the Washoe County Jail.