Informed consent is more than simply getting a patient to sign a written consent form. It is a process of communication between a patient and physician that results in the patient’s authorization or agreement to undergo a specific medical intervention. Before any procedure is performed your dentist should do the following:
*** Explain your diagnosis
***Talk to you about the nature and purpose of the proposed treatment or procedure
***Discuss your alternatives
***Discuss the risks and benefits involved with getting the proposed treatment or procedure and also the risk of not getting the treatment or procedure.
And very importantly, your dentist should talk to you about the cost of the treatment or procedure and whether or not your insurance covers the whole plan or part of it. Your dentist should do all they can so that you can make the best decision for you and your family. If you have any questions, never hesitate to ask your dentist. You should always feel comfortable talking to your dentist.
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