Informed Consent

The initial examination of a patient shall be considered ‘implied consent’ to that procedure based on the booking of an appointment, attendance, and the patient allowing the physical examination to occur. Any subsequent treatment shall require the patient to make an informed decision and consent to the treatment either verbally or in writing depending on the procedure and associated risks.

A patient will be:

  • Told (or receive information in some other way) what procedure is being proposed
  • Told (or receive information in some other way) about the possible risks and benefits of the treatment in a form or manner they can understand
  • Informed of the risks and benefits of all options
  • Afforded the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers that meet with their satisfaction
  • Afforded sufficient time (if needed) to discuss the plan with their family, carer or advisor, especially for complex treatment plans
  • Fully informed of and comprehending the cost of treatment and in the majority of cases this will be written and signed by the doctor.
  • Able to use the information provided to them to help them make a decision they believe is in their best interest, in the absence of any coercion from the dental practitioner. It is preferred that this final decision is made in a separate place and time from the initial discussion. There are non-emergency times when this will not always be the case for practical reasons. In these situations care will be taken not to deviate from the referral request.
  • Afforded the opportunity to communicate their decision to the dental practitioner either verbally or in writing

Bayside Oral Surgery requires all practitioners provide relevant documentation to the patient about the proposed treatment.

Dental practitioners shall take into account additional considerations regarding guardianship arrangements for consent matters when dealing with vulnerable patients.

Sufficient detail is to be recorded in patient records or consent form to reflect the information provided to the patient is associated with their treatment options and the treatment plan, which is ultimately agreed upon.

Informed consent documentation

All informed consent documentation used by the practitioners at Bayside Oral Surgery is reviewed at regular intervals and any updates to these documents are designed to improve patient understanding and the quality of care provided.