In Saskatchewan a dental assistant is a practitioner; registered and licenced by the Saskatchewan Dental Assistants' Association. Registration is mandatory. The SDAA is the regulatory body that sets the requirements for registration. The SDAA is also responsible for development, monitoring and the evaluation of professional standards. This includes areas such as practice requirements, discipline, professional development and quality assurance. Completion of the registration procedures allows the dental assistant to use the title "Dental Assistant", "Registered Dental Assistant" and the initials "DA" or "RDA".

Regulated members are issued an annual licence to practice (practic permit) which must be displayed at their place of employment. Dental assistants holding a practising licence must participate in professional development opportunities annually. Those holding "practising licences" are required to achieve a minimum of 15 hours of professional development each year. Note: professional development requirements are pro-rated to 9 for those registering/reinstating after June 15 annually.

The membership year for dental assistants in Saskatchewan is February 1 to January 31 annually.

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Common Causes of Unprofessional Conduct

  • Providing services not licensed to offer
  • Failing to keep up to date on current educational practices, equipment and supplies to ensure it is all used and maintained properly for the safety and quality of patient care
  • Any unsafe or incompetent practice
  • If the public is in danger as a result of the practitioner suffering from a physical or mental disease or ailment
  • Emotional or cognitive disturbances
  • Addiction to drugs or alcohol
  • Sexual misconduct
The Duty to Report

Health professionals have an ethical, professional and legal responsibility to report any unsafe practice or unprofessional conduct of any other regulated health practitioner

1.       What is reportable: 

  • Providing services not licensed to offer
  • Failing to keep up to date on current educational practices, equipment and supplies to ensure it is all used and maintained properly for the safety and quality of patient care
  • Any unsafe or incompetent practice
  •  If the public is in danger as a result of the practitioner suffering from a physical or mental disease or ailment
  • Emotional or cognitive disturbances
  • Addiction to drugs or alcohol
  • Sexual misconduct

2.       Who can be reported:

  • All professionals who belong to a regulatory college are legally required to report a professional with in their own regulatory body or another professional regulatory body.

3.       Unsure whether something is reportable:

  • There are reasonable and probable grounds to believe there are unsafe practices being done. 
  • There are reliable suspicions with evidence to support a belief.

4.       What to do?

  • Contact the college of the professional in question to inquire about what to do.
  • Find out if it is necessary to provide a formal report.   Not all inquiries will turn into formal reports. 

  5.      Can you be sued for reporting? 

  • No. 
  • Most regulatory colleges provide immunity to health professionals who comply with the duty to report as long as the report was made in good faith and is based on reasonable and probable grounds. 
  • However, if a professional is reported in bad faith without reasonable and probable grounds, they are subject to discipline for unprofessional conduct.

6.      What if I know something but don’t report it?

  • A health professional would be in violation of the law if they do not report a practitioner under their legal, professional, and ethical responsibility to report. 
  • A health professional could be subject to disciplinary measures given by their regulatory college and could also be subject to a complaint filed by the college.

7.       Am I protected confidentially if I report a colleague or other health care professional?

  • No college can guarantee complete anonymity particularly if it leads to a formal hearing. 

8.       What happens to the health care professional if they have been reported to their regulatory college?

  • The will be investigated and reports will be submitted. 
  • Medical monitoring may be put in place if warranted
  • Public safety is the primary concern but regulatory bodies also strive to maintain respect, dignity, and privacy for the health care professional.

 **Documentation is very important with any Unprofessional Conduct complaint.  Ensure that documentation is accurate, legible, in chronological order, dated, and signed in INK.  If the complaint is made by a patient or you believe a patient may complain, ensure everything is documented in their chart in the same format. 

Saskatchewan Self-Regulating Health Professions

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health is responsible for appointing members of the public to self-regulate health professional associations.

Licensing and regulating certain health professions assures accountability by:
  1. Ensuring that the health professional is qualified to practice;
  2. Setting standards of practice and a code of ethics that the health professional must follow;
  3. Requiring the health professional to be registered and licensed to use the title of the profession and perform certain services
  4. Ensuring complaints about the professional are investigated and disciplinary action taken if necessary.

If you are concerned about the conduct of a health professional, you may wish to:

  1. Discuss the problem with the individual. Concerns sometime result from a misunderstanding or inadequate communication between you and the health provider.
  2. Speak with their supervisor or an agency representative.
  3. Contact the Regional Quality of Care coordinator, if the professional works for a health region. A Quality of Care coordinator helps individuals or families with concerns about health services delivered in his/her region.

Note: If there is more than one dentist in the office, approach the other dentist about your concerns.  He or she may be able to address your concerns and make the appropriate calls to the regulatory bodies to make a report.

Regulatory Contacts

College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan

#201 – 1 st Avenue S
1202 The Tower at Midtown
Saskatoon SK S7K 4H7

Phone: 306-244-5072

www.saskdentists.com  

Dental Technicians Association of Saskatchewan

Box 8035

Saskatoon SK S7K 4R7

Phone: 306-764-5525
sask.dtas@hotmail.com

Denturist Society of Saskatchewan

#30A - 2325 Preston Avenue

Saskatoon SK S7J 2G2

Phone: 306-955-3366

www.saskdenturists.ca

Saskatchewan Dental Assistants Association

P.O. Box 294 (603 Third Street)
Kenaston SK S0G 2N0

Phone: 306-252-2769
www.sdaa.sk.ca

Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists' Association

114 - 3502 Taylor Street East

Saskatoon SK S7H 5H9

Phone: 306-931-7342

www.sdha.ca

Saskatchewan Dental Therapists Association
Box 360 (2364 Proton Avenue)
Gull Lake SK S0N 1A0
Phone: 306-672-3699
www.sdta.ca

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Saskatchewan Dental Assistants’ Association
P.O. Box 294 Kenaston SK S0G 2N0
T 306.252.2769 | F 306.252.2089
E sdaa@sasktel.net