The Melville dentist accused by police of drinking on the job is back at work.
A phone message at the office of Robert Garelick indicated the office was open, but asked callers to leave a message as the receptionist was busy helping other patients.
Suffolk County Police on Monday arrested Garelick, a Melville resident whose practice is located at 152 North Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst, for allegedly conducting a procedure on a patient while under the influence of alcohol.
Newsday reported that Garelick was arraigned Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of second-degree reckless endangerment and was released without bail.
Citing court documents, published reports said that a dental assistant working for Garelick told police she smelled alcohol on his breath and that he had made “major mistakes” during the day, which included injecting a patient with anesthesia on the wrong side of the individual’s mouth.