A new concept aimed at encouraging dental professionals to work at a slower pace to better ensure patient safety and reduce work-related stress is gaining pace.
The ‘slow dentistry’ concept was created by a group of international clinicians, with a vision to build a network of worldwide dental practices signed up to delivering four universal key principles that any patient can use as a checklist. The intended outcome is to empower patients to be confident of their safety, wellbeing, comfort, and understanding of their treatment.
The four ‘cornerstones’ are based on the concept of a patient asking the following questions:
- Is the practice thoroughly disinfected?
- Have the risks been explained and have I signed a
- consent form?
- Is the anaesthetic working?
- Is a rubber dam being used?