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Consent – Dental Protection Part 11

Aspects of consent

The General Dental Council is involved in various matters of consent, as ethical issues which reflect upon the professional conduct of a dentist. The General Dental Council identifies the main ethical principles of getting consent as:

Consent – Dental Protection Part 4


In order both to understand the information provided, and to give the necessary authority for consent, a patient must be competent. “Competence” in this context means the patient’s ability to understand the explanations given, about:

  • The nature and purpose of a particular procedure;
  • Its likely effects and risks; and
  • Any alternative treatment and how these alternatives might compare. Continue reading