Dentist's office a 'perfect storm' for HIV, hepatitis exposure

Story highlightsHealth officials say a dentist may have exposed thousands to HIV and hepatitisHe also allowed unlicensed employees to perform sedation, official saysThe state health department is contacting 7,000 patients seen by the dentistHealth department: Transmission in this type of occupational setting is rareAbout 7,000 patients who visited a suburban Tulsa, Oklahoma, dentist in the past six years may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis, health investigators say.

Investigators were left grasping for words to describe what they found inside W. Scott Harrington's dental practice: Assistants did techniques that only a dentist should, and sterilization procedures and needles we