Informed consent and the cognitively impaired geriatric dental patient.

Tam T. Van, Laura K. Chiodo, Eleonore D. Paunovich

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Many geriatric patients will have cognitive impairment, sometimes temporary and other times progressive. Dentists are challenged to evaluate for the presence of cognitive impairment that can affect the consent process. This review gives an overview of types of cognitive impairments, clues to recognizing these conditions, how they affect the dental consent process, and what makes an effective informed consent. When there is doubt of a patient's capacity to consent, prudence calls for stopping dental treatment and referring the patient for a medical evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)582-589
Number of pages8
JournalTexas dental journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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