Media Release - August 17, 2017
EDMONTON – The Alberta Dental Association and College has released a Dental Fee Guide for Alberta.
The ADA&C has felt privileged for the unique situation to be able to collaborate closely with the Ministry of Health to improve transparency and enhance communications. We recognize that the current economic environment is challenging; in response to this, the ADA&C has developed a dental fee guide that will allow dentists to create downward pressure on their costs of services.
Our next steps will be to focus on the underserviced dental needs of Albertans by further developing programs for these populations. In a commitment to maintain costs and demonstrate value we have agreed to a zero per cent increase in our contracts, over two years, with the Government of Alberta for their government funded programs.
“We know that working with the Ministry of Health has enhanced the public’s confidence in the Alberta Dental Association and College and a better understanding of the value of dentistry,” said Dr. Mintoo Basahti, President, Alberta Dental Association and College.
The Alberta Dental Association and College encourages dental patients to engage in open dialogue with their dentists. The Dental Fee Guide will provide transparency around our fee structure and allow Albertans to better understand their dental fees.
We will be holding a press conference this morning at 10:00 am at the Boyle McCauley Health Center, 10628 96 Street NW.
About the Alberta Dental Association and College
The Alberta Dental Association and College is the dental regulatory authority in Alberta. The College ensures that the dental health of Albertans is advanced through safe, appropriate, available, ethical and quality dental care as an integral part of general health. Under the Health Professions Act, the Alberta Dental Association and College governs its members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest. The ADA&C establishes, maintains and enforces standards for registration and of continuing competence of its members.
Media Contact: Sarah Van Tassel
Media Release - May 30, 2017
Effective immediately, the Alberta Dental Association and College has permanently suspended the single operator model of simultaneously providing deep sedation or general anesthesia and dental treatment by dentists registered in Alberta.
“The Alberta Dental Association and College consulted widely with our members for input,” says Dr. Randall Croutze, Chief Executive Officer for the ADA&C. “We convened two town hall meetings and used a panel of experts in both dental and medical anesthesia to inform Council.”
The ADA&C has adopted the American Society of Anesthesiologists Continuum of Depth of Sedation: Definition of General Anesthesia and Levels of Sedation/Analgesia in defining various levels of sedation.
“This decision is the conclusion of a review of sedation practices; including literary reviews of scientific articles, white papers and best practices from jurisdictions across North America,” said Dr. Croutze. “It was important that we take the time to consider many aspects and maintain a common language regarding the different levels of sedation.”
Sarah Van Tassel