Pain? Dental Emergency?!
Master, College of Conscious Sedation American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
Anesthesia for a pleasant escape
Systemic dentistry for a better life
Michael A. Starkey, DDS MS and The Team
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It is critical that our patients understand their options for treatment along with benefits and risks; advantages and disadvantages. It is a medical legal requirement. Patients that rely on adult children, significant others, professional care givers or spouses for care after care or financial interest in the treatment or insurance companies or an organization with power of attorney may need to be informed and who may have a say in the treatment that the patient selects .
Patient's are ultimately responsible for making and keeping dental appointments. While we can assist the patient it is imprudent for the dental practice to micro manage your appointments. You as the patient must be responsible. Patients that expect the staff to make and force patient to keep appointments means the patient does not take responsibility for self.
The patient or the legal guardian is responsible for dental fees. It is NOT the insurance company; we ordinarily do NOT bill our patients. We have in the past had patients say they were not obligated to pay a dental bill because the bill was sent months after the service was performed. Fees are due at the time of service.
The practice as a rule does NOT bill patients.
The patient is responsible for deciding what treatment is wanted; if we find it appropriate and we are able to follow such a treatment t plan then we can proceed. The patient is responsible for follow through.
The patient must be aware that treatment often takes longer than planned and sometimes the main plan cannot be followed and back up or alternative plans must be followed. It is wise for the patient to be aware of the alternative dental plans and NOT be surprised that what was originally planned cannot be followed.
The patient is responsible for pre anesthesia and pre dental surgery instructions such as excellent home care, certain medications and not smoking.
The patient IS responsible for telling the staff and doctor of any changes in health or medications each time the patient comes in.
The patient is responsible for arranging transportation and having an escort. If this is not possible then please notify the staff.
The patient is responsible for following posts operative care instructions.
The patient is responsible listening and reading and having their questions answered regarding and UNDERSTANDING the long term consequences of chosen treatment and what the patient responsibility is for home care and follow up as well as future dental costs and longevity of treatment t as well as functionality and esthetics.
For patient to deny they understood any of then above means the patient did not read the information, did NOT listen to the staff, did NOT pay attention to the importance of the proposed treatment plans and options.
In other words the patient refused to take part in the treatment and post treatment and allow for themselves rexcuxde for not taking care of their health.
Here is the list of our informed consents