Monday, October 1, 2012

What's Worse than Going to the Dentist?

My surgery is tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to it, but at least I'm not seeing Dr. Stephen Stein tomorrow (not to be confused with the other Dr. Stein, whose mischief included turning a colleague into a zombie). A coworker told me today she was one of his patients. From CBS4 in Denver,
There are now six former patients of a dentist accused of reusing needles who have tested positive for either hepatitis or HIV.
It’s not known whether they contracted the diseases from Dr. Stephen Stein’s office. Stein has since surrendered his license as an oral surgeon.
About 8,000 of Stein’s patients were sent letters asking them to get tested. The health department says it’s impossible to definitively tell if the infected patients got sick from Stein.
I figured I'd better check out my oral surgeon. The Colorado government site to check out dentists is down for maintenance. But according to Healthgrades.com, my oral surgeon doesn't have a history of malpractice or disciplinary action.

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