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Donna Terrell Interviews Dr. Gary Wheeler with the Arkansas Department of Health

The Arkansas Department of Health has begun contacting about 100 patients (ages ranging from 14-22 years) treated by Dr. William Jarrod Stewart at six dental clinics around the state between November 20, 2011, and February 20, 2012, Dr. Wheeler says there is no need for alarm.


LITTLE ROCK, AR- The Arkansas Department of Health has begun contacting about 100 patients (ages ranging from 14-22 years) treated by Dr. William Jarrod Stewart at six dental clinics around the state between November 20, 2011, and February 20, 2012.

The dental clinics where Dr. Stewart treated patients who fall into the 90-day time frame are  Ocean Dental clinics in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jonesboro and Little Rock and Bevans Pediatric Dentistry in Little Rock.  At this point in time, no patients treated at the Ft. Smith clinic have been identified as being at risk.

At this time, only patients who received IV medicines (directly into a vein) from Dr. Stewart from November 20, 2011, to February 20, 2012, may be at risk. This does not include medicines injected into the mouth (local anesthetics used for numbing purposes) or anesthetic gasses. Patients who received IV medicine prior to November 20, 2011, are not at risk.

  If you are a former patient of Dr. Stewart, were seen by him in the affected timeframe, received IV sedation dentistry and have moved addresses or changed phone numbers within the last two years, please call the ADH hotline listed below, since the contact information that the department has for you might be incorrect.

The ADH is now contacting patients potentially at risk by telephone and letter and will recommend that patients be screened for infection. Screening will involve a questionnaire and a blood draw and will be coordinated at ADH locations free of charge. It is important to know that at this time no illnesses have been linked to this situation.  What has been identified thus far is a potential for limited disease transmission. 

People who have additional questions or concerns may call the ADH hotline at 1-800-633-1735 from 8:30 – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or email the department at ivsedationconcerns@arkansas.gov.

 

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