When a dentist is performing a dental procedure, they have a duty of care to inform you of anything that might affect the procedure. Your dentist also has to ensure that they get informed consent from you before starting a procedure, although this doesn’t always happen. Many patients go ahead with treatment without consenting to it, as people tend to be very trusting of healthcare professionals.
In most cases, if a dentist doesn’t get informed consent from the patient before starting treatment, the procedure will be performed correctly and the patient won’t know that anything untoward has happened. Even if the procedure is carried out correctly, the dentist should still have informed the patient in full before starting the work.
Proper consent has been obtained by your dentist if:
- Consent has been gained voluntarily and without duress or coercion
- The patient has been given the necessary information about the proposed treatment, as well as the risks and side effects involved. They should also be informed of any alternative treatments – particularly if they may be less risky.
- The patient is competent enough to understand the nature, purpose and potential consequences of the proposed treatment
If you think you might have an eligible claim for a procedure that went wrong when your dentist failed to obtain accurate consent, call us now on 0808 301 8732.