Ethics, Obligations and Exposures for the Dental Professional


CE Hours: 3 Lecture


Vincent P. Dunn, Esq, partner, Hamel, Marcin, Dunn, Reardon and Shea, P.C.

with thirty years of trial experience advocating for healthcare professionals

Raymond K. Martin, DDS, president, Massachusetts Dental Society, expert witness working with more than 20 New England law firms, and maintains a private practice in Mansfield

Financial Disclosures: The speakers have no financial relationships relevant to this presentation to disclose


This course covers common ethical issues encountered in the dental practice, ethical obligations of practitioners, and the practical application of ethics for owners, directors, associates, hygienists and auxiliaries in the dental setting.  

Course Topics:

  • Obligation to Treat
  • Emergency Treatment

  • Dismissal of Patients

  • Informed Consent and Refusal

  • Patient and Provider Competence and Judgment

  • Prescribing and Reporting of Controlled Substances

  • Relationships in the Clinical Setting: Patients, Coworkers, and Family

  • Confidentiality, Records, and Electronic Communications

  • Consultations and Referrals

  • Specialties, Representations & Advertisements

  • Fees, Billing, and Monetary Issues

  • Supervision and Delegation of Duties

  • Professional Demeanor in the Workplace and Beyond


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and discuss common ethical concerns of dentists

  • Recognize the authorities governing ethical obligations in the dental practice

  • Understand the relationship between ethical, regulatory, and legal requirements

  • Review business ethics particular to the dental practice

  • Discuss emerging issues and challenges presented by advances in technology


Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist, Office Staff

Class is subject to cancellation if enrollment is not met. Call 800.342.8747 ext. 250 for information on cancellations due to inclement weather. Free cancellation up to 10 days prior to course date        

  • Where

  • Massachusetts Dental Society
    Two Willow Street
    Southborough, Massachusetts 01745

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