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​Dismissing a Patient – Practical and Ethical Concerns

May 2011

The purpose of this information sheet is to outline the appropriate process for dismissing a patient when the dentist-patient relationship breaks down and cannot be repaired.

Documentation

Dismissing a Patient Practical and Ethical Concerns

Key Points

  • Dental procedures must be finished before dismissing a patient
  • Dismissing a patient must be done in writing
  • The dentist must provide the patient with the names of other local dentists or the telephone number to the BC Dental Association referral service