A dentist who told a female patient he needed to examine her chest was trying to "put her at ease", a disciplinary committee has been told.
Mogamat Omar is accused of letting his lover extract teeth
Mogamat Omar said that the woman, known as Patient C, had complained of a cough when she attended the First Choice practice in Southsea, Portsmouth.
The dentist said that at no stage had he intended performing the examination.
Mr Omar also denies allegations of kissing a dental nurse and allowing his lover to extract patients' teeth.
The hearing of the General Dental Council's professional conduct committee had already heard from witness Dr Nita Handa, an anaesthetist, who claimed Mr Omar had offered to examine Patient C's chest and had asked the nurse for a stethoscope.
But on Thursday, when asked by Nick Peacock, defending, what he had said, Mr Omar replied: "To my recollection, 'if the cough concerns you I would have to carry out a chest examination'.
"At no stage did I intend to do a chest examination. At no stage did I say hand me a stethoscope."
The dentist added that normally an anaesthetist would carry out a chest exam if there was cause for concern about a patient's health prior to being sedated.
The committee panel heard that in a letter to the General Dental Council in 2004, Mr Omar admitted his comment about conducting a chest examination was made as a joke.
Mr Omar, of South Parade, Southsea, admitted his joke had been "very inappropriate".
He added: "I apologise if I was perceived that way but at no stage did I intend to come across as being suggestive."
The hearing continues.