Must a dentist obtain parental or guardian consent prior to treating a minor patient?
Yes. Dentists practicing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are statutorily obligated to obtain parental or guardian consent for any non-emergency dental services provided to a child 17 years of age or younger who remain under his or her parent's care. In an emergency situation, the dentist need not secure parental or guardian consent when doing so would result in the delay of treatment increasing the risk to the minor's health or life.
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