of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) expects dentists to be aware of current standards
and the latest health information, including precautions for H1N1, that may
impact the provision of dental treatment. Dentists are expected to
use their professional judgment and expertise as healthcare professionals to ensure
the safety of their employees, their patients and themselves.
The Code of
Ethics defines the expectation of dentists in providing emergency dental
dental emergency exists if professional judgment determines that a person needs
immediate attention to deal with uncontrolled bleeding, uncontrolled swelling,
traumatic injury or uncontrolled severe pain. Dentists have an obligation to
consult with and provide emergency dental care to members of the public, or
make a reasonable attempt to provide alternative arrangements in their absence.
stresses that this statement relies on the dentist’s professional judgment,
combined with a patient assessment, as being the determinants of an appropriate
response in a dental emergency or emergent situation. Many patient problems can
be handled over the phone when the dentist determines that it is appropriate to
information about the H1N1 virus and healthcare professionals can be found on
the following websites. Note that CDSBC does not officially endorse these
sources but offers them as information resources.
for Disease Control
Health Agency of Canada
Dentists with questions about WorkSafe BC requirements should contact the BC
Dental Association at 604-736-7202.
© The College of Dental Surgeons, 2013