Consent for dental services
Some patients are unable to give their own consent and will need a ‘medical decision maker‘ to give consent for a dental examination and treatment. Usually the medical decision maker who gives consent is the patient’s next of kin. Some patients will have a legally appointed person who has medical power of attorney. For patients who have no next of kin and no specific person appointed, we will contact the Office of the Public Advocate for advice.
Please note: professional carers are not permitted to provide consent for dental examination and treatment, unless specifically appointed as above.
A person who is unable to give their own consent cannot be examined at Western Special Needs Dentistry without permission in writing from their medical decision maker. Permission must also be given to allow Western Special Needs Dentistry and Dr Helen Marchant to obtain relevant medical information from other health professionals, such as the patient’s GP.