Tips on Terminating the Dentist-Patient Relationship

The doctor-patient relationship is a voluntary two-way relationship. Terminating this is necessary on occasion, but there is a good way and a bad way to do it.

First, attempt to remedy the situation if possible. Document efforts in the patient record.

Second, check your state regulations. Dismissing a patient must be done in accordance with state laws so it won't be considered patient abandonment.

Third, formulate your notification.

General guidelines to keep in mind for patient dismissals:

There are some sample dismissal letters on the Sample Dental Office Letters page.

Reasons why some dentists choose to end the doctor-patient relationship:

This process is also referred to as:

There are also numerous helpful web pages on this topic. Try a Google search using various terms.