Area dentists are recieving more questions from patients

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 4/02/2013 9:13 am Published: 4/01/2013 11:16 pm

The focus at Dr. David Wong’s Periodontal Clinic hasn’t just been about teeth this week but on the patients’ voice. 

The Tulsa dentist tells FOX23 patients have been more vocal about asking questions since the investigation began into the practices of Dr. Scott Harrington.

“The biggest question has been how often do you sterilize your instruments and how do you know that they are sterile,” said Dr. Wong.

Dr. Wong says that most dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons are open about their practice policies. He says he doesn’t mind the questions because he views it as an opportunity.

“It allows us to grab the reigns and show patients our stuff and how transparent we are and how up front we are with everything that we do,” said Dr. Wong.

Sherrie Brown runs her own infection control consulting business and consults with numerous dentists, including Dr. Wong, about the best practices for consulting their dental tools and equipment.

“I make sure that everyone is doing the best that they can for their patients,” said Brown.

Brown told FOX23 she was shocked by the news of the investigation because it is very rare to contract HIV or Hepatitis B or C in a medical setting.  However, she says patients shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions about policies and sanitizing procedures.

Other area dentists told FOX23 their patients were inquiring about sanitizing procedures as well.

Daniel Bucklin told FOX23 he didn’t have any complaints when he had his wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Harrington in 2003.

“The office was clean and the people were friendly,” said Bucklin.

Although it has been ten years since his visit with the doctor he says the investigation has influenced him to take a more inquisitive approach when dealing with medical professionals.

“I’ll definitely ask them more questions,” said Bucklin, “Just basic common sense questions would go a long way.”

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