Oklahoma: Dental clinic inspections not needed

TULSA, Okla. – The Oklahoma agency that accused a Tulsa oral surgeon of unsanitary practices, putting thousands of people at risk for hepatitis and HIV, says it’s never needed to inspect medical offices regularly.

“There’s not been a need for these inspections because we’ve never had a complaint like this,” said Susan Rogers, the executive director of the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry.

Some other states don’t routinely inspect clinics, either, noting they don’t have the money and such incidents are so rare that the need just isn’t there. In Oklahoma, the Board of Dentistry’s small staff does inspections only if the agency receives a complaint.