Dental nightmare

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 dental clinic.

An April 19 hearing with the Oklahoma Dentistry Board is scheduled to determine whether or not Dr. Harrington will have his dental license revoked.