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This section reviews the bylaws, legislation and standards of practice to regulate dentists in the province of Alberta.

ADA&C Bylaws

Code of Ethics
The ADA&C Code of Ethics is a set of principles of professional conduct that governs all registered dentists (generalists and specialists) and establishes the expectations for dentists in fulfilling duties to their patients, to the public, and to the profession.

Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act
Dental Surgical Facility Accreditation Regulation
Dentists Profession Regulation
Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act – Disclosure of Information Regulation
Government Organization Act
Health Information Act
Health Professions Act
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Radiation Protection Act
Radiation Protection Regulation

Standards of Practice
Standard of Practice: Dental Facility Accreditation
Standard of Practice: Facial Esthetics and Adjunctive Procedures
Standard of Practice: Infection Prevention and Control and Risk Management for Dentistry
Standard of Practice: Informed Consent
Standard of Practice: Patient Records
Standard of Practice: Privacy and Management of Patient Health Information
Standard of Practice: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct
Standard of Practice: Use of Sedation in Non-Hospital Dental Practice

Guide for Advertising and Promotional Activities for Alberta Dentists
Guide for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
Guide for Operating a Dental Practice in Alberta
Guide for Pain Management/Opioids
Guide for Patient Records and Informed Consent
Guide for the Radiation Health and Safety Program

Communication Resources
Talking to Patients about HPV
Family Violence


  • What is informed consent?

    Informed Consent is based on the right of each person to determine what will be done to their own body. Informed consent guarantees each person the right to refuse treatment, to consent to treatment, and to withdraw consent to treatment. Informed consent also ensures that the person understands the risks and benefits of each treatment option presented as well as the costs involved.

    Consent may be either implied or expressed. Implied consent is usually ascertained by the actions of the patient, as with the patient who opens his or her mouth for an examination. Express consent may be oral or written.

    Informed consent is not an event or specific form but rather an ongoing dialogue with patients that begins at the first visit to the office and continues as treatment progresses.

  • What is the Health Information Act (HIA)?

    The Health Information Act (HIA) (Alberta) is privacy legislation that sets out specific rules about the collection, use, disclosure and protection of the health information that dentists, have in their custody and control. Dentists in Alberta are required to comply with Health Information Act and in order to do so, it is necessary to go beyond just protecting patient’s confidentiality, dentists also need to develop and participate in an ongoing privacy program that addresses accountability, information flow, right of access, and security.

  • Are there resources available to assist Alberta dentists to comply with the HIA?

    The ADA&C has developed Health Information Act (HIA) resources that are designed to assist Alberta dentists to implement a privacy and confidentiality program that is compliant with the HIA and the ADA&C Standard of Practice: Privacy and Management of Patient Health Information. The ADA&C has developed several resources to assist Albert dentists

    For information on the available resources click here.

  • What's the purpose of patient records?

    A dental record must record an accurate picture of the patient’s general health, oral/dental status and any patient concerns and requests. It must include the clinical findings, diagnosis, proposed treatment plan and treatment performed, as well as all supporting documentation including the informed consent process . Outcomes of treatment must be documented and any deviations from expected outcomes recorded on the patient chart at time of service. Patients should be advised of compromised results as soon as the dentist is aware of the situation. All relevant information presented to the patient should be documented. Patient records have many purposes, including:

    a) facilitate the provision of effective clinical care;
    b) ensure the continuity and comprehensiveness of oral/dental health services; and
    c) satisfy a dentist’s professional and legal obligations.

  • What are records?

    In dentistry, a record is any item of information, regardless of form or medium that is created or received by a dentist, dental office or professional corporation that is created and maintained to provide care to patients and to conduct business. Records are maintained as a valuable resource in the safe and efficient delivery of dental services, to provide evidence of the dentist’s clinical and financial interactions with patients, to ensure practice continuity in the event of a disaster, and to satisfy legal and regulatory requirements. The purpose of a record and the obligation to maintain it does not change with the manner in which it was created.