A trip to the dentist is a common source of anxiety for many. In an effort to reduce dentist negligence, ensuring better patient care and comfort, dental experts from around the world have published a definitive list of situations that should never happen.
This is the first international agreement in dentistry and an easy reference point for patients should they think they haven’t received proper treatment.
The guidelines that experts have constructed are referred to as ‘never events’. Established never events are common in other areas of medicine, however, less-so in dentistry. According to Professor Aziz Sheikh from the University of Edinburgh, this is an important set of guidelines that will help to better regulate dentist practices around the world, including Australia.
The need for these guidelines is paramount as there have been numerous cases involving a situation in which a dentist has operated on a patient, only to remove the wrong tooth. Botching a surgery like this isn’t just a nuisance for the patient, it can also induce psychological and emotional damage.
The wrong extraction can take several months to heal and require a second surgery to perform the procedure correctly, creating an unnecessary expense for the patient.
For reference, here is a list of mistakes primary care dentists should never make:
If you have experienced any of these never events, please contact Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation to find out whether you are entitled to a medical negligence claim.