Informed Consent

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Informed Consent Form for General Dental Procedures

You, the patient, have the right to accept or reject dental treatment recommended by your dentist. Prior to consenting to treatment, you should carefully consider the anticipated benefits and commonly known risks of the recommended procedure, alternative treatments, or the option of no treatment.

Do not consent to treatment unless and until you discuss potential benefits, risks, and complications with your dentist and all your questions are answered. By consenting to treatment, you are acknowledging your willingness to accept known risks and complications, no matter how slight the probability of occurrence.

As with all surgery, there are commonly known risks and potential complications associated with dental treatment. No one can guarantee the success of the recommended treatment, or that you will not experience a complication or less than optimal result. Even though many of these complications are rare, they can and do occur occasionally.

Some of the more commonly known risks and complications of treatment include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Pain, swelling, and discomfort after treatment
2. Infection in need of medication, follow-up procedures, or other treatment
3. Temporary, or on rare occasion, permanent numbness, pain, tingling, or altered sensation of the lip, face, chin, gums, and tongue, along with possible loss of taste
4. Damage to adjacent teeth, restorations, or gums
5. Possible deterioration of your condition which may result in tooth loss
6. The need for replacement of restorations, implants, or other appliances in the future
7. An altered bite in need of adjustment
8. Possible injury to the jaw joint and related structures requiring follow-up care and treatment or consultation by a dental specialist
9. A root tip, bone fragment, or piece of a dental instrument may be left in your body and may have to be removed at a later time if symptoms develop
10. Jaw fracture
11. If upper teeth are treated, there is a chance of sinus infection or opening between the mouth and sinus cavity resulting in infection or the need for further treatment
12. Allergic reaction to anesthetic or medication
13. Need for follow-up care and treatment, including surgery

It is very important that you provide your dentist with accurate information before, during, and after treatment. It is equally important that you follow your dentist's advice and recommendations regarding medication, pre- and post-treatment instructions, referrals to other dentists or specialists, and return for scheduled appointments. If you fail to follow the advice of your dentist, you may increase the chances of a poor outcome.

Certain heart conditions may create a risk of serious or fatal complications. If you (or a minor patient) have a heart condition or heart murmur, advise your dentist immediately so he/she can consult with your physician if necessary.

The patient is an important part of the treatment team. In addition to complying with the instructions given to you by this office, it is important to report any problems or complications you experience so they can be addressed by your dentist.

If you are a woman on oral birth control medication, you must consider the fact that antibiotics might make oral birth control less effective. Please consult with your physician before relying on oral birth control medication if you dentist prescribes, or if you are taking, antibiotics.

This form is intended to provide you with an overview of potential risks and complications. Do not sign this form or agree to treatment until you have read, understood, and accepted each paragraph stated above. Please discuss the potential benefits, risks, and complications of recommended treatment with your dentist. Be certain all of your concerns have been addressed to your satisfaction by your dentist before commencing treatment.

Dr. Morin often takes photos to better explain certain aspects of your existing dental health or planned treatment to you. We request your permission to show these photographs to better explain treatment options to other patients (as you will be shown photos for the same reason). And since he has a reputation as an expert on Cosmetic Dentistry, he also makes presentations to other dentists and professionals where the photos are invaluable in explaining the latest techniques and the results that can be achieved when done precisely. We also request your permission to post photographs of you and your smile on our website.

I hereby authorize HI-TECH Family Dentistry to administer dental treatment and local anesthetic and/or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and to perform procedures deemed necessary in the diagnosis and dental treatment of the above named patient. I further authorize HI-TECH Family Dentistry or anyone acting on its behalf to release information acquired in the course of the patient examination or treatment. I also consent to and authorize HI-TECH Family Dentistry to process insurance claims, communicate with insurers or other third parties, including my employer, who may have information pertaining to the payment of services. I hereby assign HI-TECH Family Dentistry benefits which are due or are to become due as a result of dental services rendered to the above mentioned patient. I hereby authorize that payments be made directly to HI-TECH Family Dentistry.

I agree to pay for all professional fees and treatment at the time of service, or my portion not covered by dental insurance, for myself or the above named patient, unless other financial arrangements are approved. I also agree to pay for all costs of collection, including attorney fees and court costs, should additional means of collection be required.