Legal Aspects of Local Anaesthesia



The dentist should consider the possibility that, in certain cases, he/she may be asked to justify giving or permitting the application of local anaesthesia before a court. Verdicts, and the laws on which they are based, differ from country to country and often even differ within a country, e.g. within the United States, Canada and Australia. It is necessary to keep in mind that a dentist is only subject to the law of the country, province or state in which he/she is currently practising. Despite this variance, there are many similarities between the various jurisdictions. Therefore, comments on the legal aspects of the use of local anaesthetics in dentistry often have international value.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vrije University Medical CenterAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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