No one likes going to the dentist. But one Denver dentist just gave us a whole other thing to worry about.
The State Department of Public Health and Safety says that from 1999-2011, Dr. Stephen Stein knowingly used dirty syringes and needles on patients who were given intravenous medications, like sedation.
And now, nearly 8,000 patients are at risk for HIV, and Hepatitis B and C.
It all came to light when Stein was called into question, but authorities aren't saying why. During their investigation, the doc's dirty secret was uncovered.
Bonnie Wing, a former patient of Stein's, is playing the waiting game after having a scheduled an appointment to get tested.
"You feel so violated that somebody took their profession and violated an innocent person," said Wing.
So far, no infected patients have been linked to Stein. Lucky for Colorado, he was forced to stop practicing in June of last year.
Stein hasn't said a word to the media about the allegations, but Bonnie has a few choice words for him:
"Shame on you, shame on you in having a professional license and serving the public," said Wing.