A public health investigation found instruments used in the Kogarah practice of Dazzling Dental were not cleaned, sterilised or stored in accordance with guidelines set by the Dental Board of Australia.
The overall risk to individual patients of blood-borne virus transmission has been assessed as low by NSW Health and no cases of blood-borne virus infection have been identified as associated with this dental practice.
However, patients who have had an invasive procedure at Dazzling Dental are recommended to have testing for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Patients were initially contacted by mail in December 2015 however, as the practice had been in operation for 10 years and some patients may have moved house over that period, NSW Health concurrently sought updated patient addresses from Medicare. These updated addresses have recently become available and NSW Health is now writing to those patients who appear to have changed address.
Following the initial investigation, the NSW Dental Council has suspended the registration of the owner and a number of dentists who worked at the practice, and the practice suspended operation. Since then improvements were made to the infection control practices and procedures at the practice in line with relevant National Guidelines. The Dazzling Dental clinic is now once again in operation. The Dental Council advises that the premises now satisfy infection control standards set by the Dental Board of Australia.
This alert refers only to patients who had an invasive procedure at Dazzling Dental between 15 January 2005 and 14 August 2015.
For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions or contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055.