Terminating the Patient-Dentist Relationship

Section 29.2(a)(1)of Title 8 of the Official Complication of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (8 NYCRR) defines unprofessional dental conduct to include "abandoning or neglecting a patient or client under and in need of immediate professional care, without making reasonable arrangements for the continuation of such care."

The three key points in terminating a patient are timing, communication and recordkeeping.

Once you have terminated a patient, the dentist should no longer see that patient for any reason except for dental emergencies during the specified time.


Sample Termination letter

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Sample Request for Records