The Dental Learning Network

Risk Management:  Empower, Protect, Relax



Part 1 (15:53)
Definition and Fundamentals of Dental Risk Management

Part 2 (18:27)
Laws Dealing with Dentistry and Causes of Actions

Part 3 (7:30)
Areas of Concern and Review

Part 4 (12:00)
Negligence and The Standard of Care

Part 5 (13:12)
Medical-Dental History and Record Keeping


Course Objectives:

  1. Educate dentists about the laws and regulations governing the practice of dentistry.
  2. Indicate the proper way for dentists to reduce the risk of legal action by suits or regulatory sanction.
  3. Highlight the importance of good communication skills in preventing patients from seeking legal action when something goes wrong.
  4. Obtain good record keeping skills to enable the dentist to prevent or better defend against suits and regulatory actions.

Course Description:

This course concerns the legal issues and risks within the practice of dentistry. Methods to eliminate or reduce legal risks will be discussed in order to enable the dentist to practice in a worry and claims free environment.


This course will update important risk management issues highlighted by recent
Florida malpractice cases. The importance of complete and accurate documentation will be stressed. Through the use of actual cases the audience will learn how to use risk management protocols in all phases of patient care.

Course participants will develop skills that will increase patient satisfaction and at the same time protect against potential legal actions. At the end of the program, the dentist and staff will have a better understanding of risk management theories based on actual case reviews. They will learn how to integrate these steps into everyday practice. The use of proper forms, processes and protocols will have been explained and actual case examples will
highlight steps to be implemented in every practice.

Presentor: Philip R. Barbell, DDS, FAGD, FACD, FICD

Dr. Barbell was a practicing general dentist in New Jersey for 38 years. He is now Director of Risk Management for Dentist’s Advantage and serves on the board of the National Society of Dental Practitioners. He has been involved in organized dentistry at the local, state and national levels, having served as President of Southern Dental Society of New Jersey and New Jersey Dental Association. He has been involved in the insurance arena for his entire professional career and has served as either a board member or officer of several dental insurance entities. Dr. Barbell has been directly involved at the state and national level on dental association committees dealing with dental plans for over 25 years.


He has also been involved in the dental liability area for over 15 years, having served for 11 years as President and Chairman of the Board of a national dentist owned and controlled malpractice insurance company.


Dr. Barbell is a member of Southern Dental Society of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.


This course will satisfy the Florida State Board of Dentistry requirement for a minimum of two hours risk management CE credits during each license renewal biennium.