Your Rights as a Patient
Understanding Your Rights as a Patient
At Reagin Family Dentistry, we believe that informed and empowered patients are the cornerstone of excellent dental care. As your trusted local dental practice, we want you to understand and exercise your rights as a patient. In this dental education guide, we’ll explore the key rights that you are entitled to and how you can advocate for your dental health.
Your Fundamental Patient Rights
At Reagin Family Dentistry, our goal is to ensure that you are fully informed about your rights as a patient. We believe that by understanding these rights, you can make well-informed decisions when it comes to your dental care.
Choice of Dentist and Timely Appointments
You have the right to choose your own dentist and schedule appointments promptly. We respect your autonomy in selecting the dental care provider that best suits your needs.
Transparency in Education and Training
You have the right to know the education and training of your dentist and the dental care team. We believe in transparency, ensuring that you are informed about the expertise of the professionals taking care of your oral health.
Access to Dentist During Treatment
You have the right to arrange to see the dentist every time you receive dental treatment, in accordance with state law exceptions. Your continuous access to the dental team is a priority for us.
Adequate Time for Inquiries
You have the right to adequate time to ask questions and receive answers regarding your dental condition and treatment plan. We encourage open communication to address any concerns or queries you may have.
Knowledge of Optimal Treatment Plans
You have a right to know the optimal treatment plan as perceived by the dental team. Additionally, you can request information about alternative treatment options, ensuring that you actively participate in decisions about your dental care.
Informed Consent Process
You have the right to an explanation of the purpose, probable (short- and long-term) results, alternatives, and risks involved before consenting to a proposed treatment plan. Informed consent is fundamental to your involvement in the decision-making process.
Continuing Health Care Information
You have a right to be informed of your continuing health care needs. Understanding the ongoing requirements for your oral health is vital for comprehensive care.
Transparent Cost Information
You have a right to know, in advance, the expected cost of treatment. Our commitment to transparency extends to providing clear and upfront information about the financial aspects of your dental care.
Autonomy in Treatment Decisions
You have a right to accept, defer, or decline any part of your treatment recommendations. Your autonomy in making decisions about your dental care is respected and supported.
Reasonable Arrangements for Dental Care
You have a right to reasonable arrangements for dental care and emergency treatment. We strive to accommodate your needs and emergencies in a manner that prioritizes your well-being.
Considerate, Respectful, and Confidential Treatment
You have a right to receive considerate, respectful, and confidential treatment by your dentist and dental team. We prioritize creating a comfortable and respectful environment for your dental experiences.
Infection Control Assurance
You have a right to expect the dental team members to use appropriate infection and sterilization controls. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we adhere to stringent infection control measures.
Dispute Mediation Availability
You have a right to inquire about the availability of processes to mediate disputes about your treatment. Our commitment to addressing concerns includes providing avenues for dispute resolution if needed.
Your Responsibilities as a Valued Patient
Aside from understanding your rights, we also want you to know your responsibilities as a patient. This will enable you to actively participate in your dental care, ensuring the best possible outcomes.
Here are some of your responsibilities as a patient, as adopted by the American Dental Association in 2009:
You have the responsibility to provide, to the best of your ability, accurate, honest, and complete information about your medical history and current health status. This ensures that our dental team can tailor your care to meet your unique needs.
Report Changes and Provide Feedback
Stay engaged in your care. Report changes in your medical status promptly and provide feedback about your needs and expectations. Your open communication helps us adapt and refine your treatment plan for optimal results.
Participate in Health Care Decisions
Your well-being is a collaborative effort. Take an active role in your health care decisions. If you are uncertain about your dental treatment or plan, ask questions. We are here to provide clarity and address any concerns you may have.
Inquire About Treatment Options
Empower yourself with knowledge. It is your responsibility to inquire about your treatment options. Acknowledge the benefits and limitations of any treatment you choose, ensuring that your decisions align with your oral health goals.
Consequences of Declining Treatment
Understand the implications of your choices. You have the responsibility for the consequences resulting from declining treatment or deviating from the agreed-upon treatment plan. We encourage informed decisions that prioritize your long-term oral health.
Keep Scheduled Appointments
Timeliness is the key to effective care. You have the responsibility to keep your scheduled appointments. If unforeseen circumstances arise, please notify us as soon as possible to reschedule and maintain the continuity of your dental care.
Be Available for Treatment
For efficient care, be available for treatment upon reasonable notice. Your cooperation allows us to plan and provide timely and effective dental services tailored to your needs.
Adhere to Home Oral Health Care Recommendations
Your commitment to oral health extends beyond our clinic. Adhere to regular home oral health care recommendations provided by our dental team. Consistent care at home complements the professional treatments we offer.
Fulfill Financial Obligations
Ensure a smooth and seamless dental care experience by fulfilling your financial obligations for the health care services you receive. This cooperation allows us to focus on providing you with the best possible care without unnecessary administrative challenges.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
By understanding your rights and responsibilities as a patient, you are empowered to make informed decisions about your dental care. At Reagin Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing transparent and considerate care that prioritizes your well-being. Whether you are in need of a routine check-up or more extensive treatment, we are here to support and guide you on your oral health journey.
Schedule an appointment with us today to experience exceptional dental services!