March 28, 2017
CALGARY – Alberta Health Services (AHS) is advising all individuals who received dental services through an unlicensed residential dental operation located at 20 Somervale Close S.W. in Calgary, and/or from Natalia Prokhin (of same address), to be tested for viruses that can be spread through unsanitary dental procedures.
“To prevent the spread of infection from one person to another, equipment used in dental procedures must be cleaned, disinfected and sterilized according to health standards,” says Dr. Judy MacDonald, Medical Officer of Health for AHS Calgary Zone. “This unlicensed, home-based dental operation did not have these proper sterilization or sanitation processes in place, meaning individuals who received dental services through this operation may have been exposed to viruses, including hepatitis B and C, and HIV.”
Anyone who received dental care at 20 Somervale Close S.W. and/or from Natalia Prokhin (of the same address) should call Health Link at 811 to arrange for simple, confidential laboratory blood testing for these viruses. This testing – some of which may take place over a period of time – will determine whether an individual has been infected.
AHS ordered the closure of this unlicensed operation on March 21, 2017. Investigation to-date has not revealed a list of clientele. As such, AHS is issuing this health advisory as a means of alerting anyone who received dental care from this operation/individual of the risk and the need to be tested.
This unlicensed dental operation will remain under closure order unless significant changes can be made such that it is operated in a manner that meets all legislative and licensing requirements in Alberta. This includes ensuring the individual delivering dental care is a licensed dentist.
It is the responsibility of the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADAC) to license dentists practising in the province of Alberta. To confirm a dentist is licensed to practise in Alberta, or to file a complaint about a dentist in Alberta, all Albertans can contact the ADAC toll-free at 1-800-843-3848. All closure orders issued by AHS can be viewed online at http://www.ahs.ca/eph.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.
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