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11 April 2011

The Dental Council has launched three guidance documents which are specifically for dental patients. This is the first time that the Council has issued Guidance that has been aimed primarily at patients and members of the public.

Code of Practice relating to the display of Private Fees

All dental practices throughout Ireland will be obliged to display private fees from June 1. The Dental Council issued a Code of Practice today (April 11, 2011) making it mandatory for dentists to display private fees in a place where patients can view them before consultation.

A single fee must apply for some procedures while the fees for others may be shown as a range, with a minimum and maximum clearly stated. Where a range of fees applies, it is not permitted to set a minimum price only.

Code of Practice – Display of Private Fees

Choosing a Dentist

Choosing a Dentist at Home or Abroad is a guide to assist members of the public in choosing a dentist. The guidance also includes information for patients who may consider travelling abroad for treatment highlighting certain matters that should be considered in advance.

Choosing your Dentist Home or Abroad – Guidance

Scope of Practice

The Scope of Practice document describes the tasks that each member of the dental team is legally entitled to carry out and is intended for use by both the public and the profession.

Scope of Practice – Guidance