A lot of people have anxiety about going to the dentist. Well, a couple
hundred dental patients in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have a very valid reason for
now being scared to go to the dentist. Oral surgeon W. Scott Harrington
of Tulsa has been charged by the Tulsa Health Department with unsanitary
practices to the point of creating a public health hazard.
Among the unsanitary practices discovered by the Oklahoma Dentistry Board
include reusing needles and drug vials, administering expired medication,
and improperly sterilizing and using instruments. In addition, dental
assistants who were not authorized to give sedatives to patients were.
Some 7,000 patients who were patients of Dr. Harrington over the past 6
years received letters from the Tulsa Health Department informing them
of the unsanitary practices and alerting them to be tested for hepatitis
B, hepatitis C, and HIV, all of which could have been contracted at the
An April 19 hearing with the Oklahoma Dentistry Board is scheduled to determine
whether or not Dr. Harrington will have his dental license revoked.