Dental Patient’s Bill of Rights

According to the California Dental Associations, we have rights as patients.  They have put together what is called the Dental Patient’s Bill of Rights.  The Bill of Rights states,

You have a right to schedule an appointment with your dentist in a timely manner.

You have a right to see the dentist every time you receive dental treatment.

You have a right to know in advance the type and expected cost of treatment.

You have a right to expect dental team members to use appropriate infection and sterilization controls.

You have a right to ask about treatment alternatives and be told, in language you can understand, the advantages and disadvantages of each.

You have a right to ask your dentist to explain all the treatment options regardless of coverage or cost.

You have a right to know the education and training of your dentist and the dental team.

You have a right to know the professional rules, laws and ethics that apply to your dentist and the dental team.

You have a right to choose your own dentist.