If you make an appointment with a dentist in Joondalup, you are reasonable in expecting to receive dental services from people who are qualified to provide those services. The way we do that in Australia is called the Scope of Practice.
According to the Dental Board of Australia, our Scope of Practice is defined as “full range of activities and responsibilities which individuals within the profession are educated, trained and competent to perform.”
Every practitioner has an individual Scope of Practice that is defined by their education, experience and skills. It is the job of every dentist to make sure that they and those who work in positions subordinate to them are working within their Scope of Practice. Prior to 2014, the dentist was responsible for treatment decisions for the entire team and was required to supervise practitioners such as therapists and hygienists.
The 2014 Decision
Late in 2012 and in the early part of 2013, the Dental Board began to investigate the possibility and feasibility of allowing therapists and hygienists to practise without a dentist’s supervision and to initiate auxiliary procedures as they felt necessary.
The ADA, while acknowledging the talent and knowledge of subordinate workers, argued that the then-current structured care model was the best choice. They felt that supervision of hygienists and therapists by dentists was paramount in protecting the public and ensuring safe, high-quality procedures for patients.
When the Dental Board handed down their decision, they mandated that therapists and hygienists would be allowed to work without direct supervision but that they would maintain the current concept of “structured relationships” in the original standard of care.
What it Means for Your Dental Services
At 1300 Great Smile, it means that even though a dentist isn’t watching every move a hygienist or therapist makes, you are still receiving the same safe, high-quality standard of service you always have.
If you would like to learn more or would like to make an appointment for high quality dental services, call us today:(08) 9404 9500