Dental Assistants work hard to help Dentists and Dental Hygienists provide quality care to patients. T hey try to provide patients with the knowledge of proper dental care as well as information about the procedures they are about to undergo. Pa tients have rights in regards to their dental care that Dental Assistants need to be aware of and respectful of.
D Otorhinolaryngology al patients have the right to make an informed decision about their dental care. It is the responsibility of the Dental Assistant to make sure they know
the facts about the procedures, the alternative options, and any risks involved in the procedures. Dental patients have the right to receive care from qualified staff members. Most de ntal offices will provide the licensing and credentials of staff members upon patient request.
The ri ght to receive quality care is important to patients. Dental Ass istants can do their part by taking the time to properly clean all dental tools and equipment. Standard st erilization procedures need to be followed accurately. Patients hav e the right to ask questions and receive informed decisions about the care they receive. Dental Assist ants have the responsibility of keeping the lines of communication open. They need to b e approachable by patients.
A patient has XVI e right to refuse treatment or discontinue treatment at any time. The Dental Assist ant needs to be respectful of this choice. However, the Denta l Assistant has the responsibility to inform the patient of the health risks involved with doing so. Those patients want ing to continue care have the right to be seen at scheduled appointments and for a detailed treatment plan to be carefully outlined, and then followed.
Emergency situations do occur. Patients have the rig ht to be seen as soon as possible. In the mean time, the Dental Assistant needs to do everything possible to reduce the pain and make the patient comfortable. Dental care can be expe nsive. Patients have the right to receive an itemized cost of treatment prior to accepting any dental services.
All patients want to be t reated with dignity and respect. The patient who comes in w ith poor oral care habits doesn