The dentist who allegedly refused to perform dental work on a patient has died at age 85, according to the Florida Department of Health.
The medical examiner’s office identified the man as Robert B. Smith, an associate of Dr. Thomas Smith of the Dentist-in-Chief Clinic at the University of Central Florida.
He had died Friday in Orlando, according the state health department.
Smith died at his home in the Orlando suburb of Palm Harbor after complications from a respiratory infection, the health department said in a statement.
He was 66.
The statement said that the medical examiner will determine whether the cause of death was a stroke or pneumonia.
Smith was reportedly in the process of practicing dentistry for more than 30 years.
His practice had been operating at its current location in the Central Florida town of Maitland, according a news release.
He has been a member of the Maitlands Dental Society since 2005.
In an interview with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in May, Smith said he had “no bite.”
He told the paper that he had a “no-bite” policy.
A medical examiner found no sign of an accidental overdose in his office, and no evidence of any medical problems, according ABC News affiliate WFTV.
Smith’s daughter told ABC News that she believes her father was depressed over his work as a dentist.
“I think it was his health that was at issue,” she said.
“He didn’t want to be working with people.”
According to the Sarasotan, Dr. William B. Hough, Maitlanders general dentist, told the Herald-Journal that he believes Smith’s “no bites” policy is a result of his being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000.
Hough, who was an assistant general dentist at the time, said he did not recall Smith having a bite during his time at the clinic.
He said the clinic does not perform dental procedures on people with Parkinsonís disease.
Huff said that he did have a tooth extracted on July 12, 2009, but he had no recollection of doing so.
The Sarasota Journal reported that Dr. James J. Harkness, who also practiced dentistry in the Maintains of Dental Practice, told a Florida television station that Smith was diagnosed with the disease in 1999.
He died in 2009.