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Oral Surgery Consent Form

The information presented on this site is of personal opinion and consequently is slanted and biased and not based on proper scientific research. The information presented is NOT written by a dental expert. Further the information presented has NOT been subjected to peer review by experts to verify accuracy and data integrity.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) states "All surgery must be preceded by the patient's or legal guardian's consent, unless an emergent situation dictates otherwise. These circumstances should be documented in the patient's record. Informed consent is obtained after the patient or the legal guardian has been informed of the indications for the procedure(s), the goals of treatment, the known benefits, and risks of the procedure(s), the factors that may affect the risk, the treatment options, and the favorable outcomes." [1]

The American Dental Associaton states "The dentist should inform the patient of the proposed treatment, and any reasonable alternatives, in a manner that allows the patient to become involved in treatment decisions." [2]

However not all known risks are disclosed. The most common risks are typically disclosed as are the most serious ones such as death.

There are two purposes of informed consent: 1) to inform the patient and 2) for the doctor (dentist, oral surgeon, or other medical health professional) to protect themselves in case of later legal action taken by the patient.

Legally informed consent involves the following four factors: [3]

(1) the nature of the procedure, (2) the risks and hazards of the procedure, (3) the alternatives to the procedure, and (4) the anticipated benefits of the procedure.

The following are examples of a consent form you will receive before you have your wisdom teeth removed. This will give you an idea of the type of consent form your doctor may use and then have you sign (as in give your signature).

1. David L. Roberts, D.D.S., P.A. 2011. Mirror http://www.teethremoval.com/disclosure_consent.pdf

2. Dentist Benefits Insurance Company. Accessed December 16, 2011. Mirror http://www.teethremoval.com/consent_oral_surgery.pdf

3. Misagh Habibi, BDSc. 2011. Mirror http://www.teethremoval.com/Consent_form.pdf

4. Addenbrooke's Hospital. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 2011. Mirror http://www.teethremoval.com/wisdom_consent_form.pdf

5. Heath Hendrickson. D.D.S. 2011. Mirror http://www.teethremoval.com/wisdom_teeth_consent.pdf

Updated December 16, 2011

1. Parameters of Care: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Anesthesia in Outpatient Facilities. AAOMS ParCare 07. 2007.
2. American Dental Association. Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. Revised January 2011. (Section 1A).
3. Herman Alswanger et al. v. Douglas R. Smego et al. Supreme Court of Connecticut. SC 16309. February 15, 2001, Argued. July 24, 2001, Officially Released.

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