Children age 16 and over are deemed capable of consenting to dental treatment for themselves. However, the law is more complicated when a young person refuses treatment you believe is in their best interests.
A person with parental responsibility can authorise treatment for a 16 to 18-year-old patient in these circumstances, but it would still be practically and ethically difficult to justify treating a patient of this age against their will. It is important to seek DDU advice if you are considering this step.
More information can be found in our dento-legal guide to consent.
This guidance was correct at publication 22/08/2016. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.