Legal Resources

Code of Ethics

The practice of dentistry was established as a profession with one overriding principle in mind: the benefit of the patient. This is the cornerstone of dental ethics. This philosophy is the foundation of The Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct of the New York State Dental Association. All members should make the Principles and Code an important part of the very fabric of their practices.

The ADA has produced a video featuring the A-Z ethics in dentistry, to view, click here.

Legal Services Panel

The New York State Dental Association offers a panel of attorneys and law firms to whom NYSDA members can go for legal advice on dental matters including: Office of Professional Discipline (OPD) cases; Managed care plan and dental insurance contract analysis; Medicaid; Dental practice formation and practice sales and employment matters; and Commercial litigation and collections.

The attorneys listed have a minimum of five (5) years experience in handling the specific dental matters listed above and agree to:

  • provide an initial consultation free of charge to NYSDA members; and
  • give a 10 percent discount off their usual fees

Below is a list of panels and the area they work with:

New York Dental Practice Act

The Dental Practice Act guide (PDF), prepared by NYSDA, is provided as a service to members of NYSDA who need a concise source of information regarding the laws and regulations that make up the body of the New York State Dental Practice Act.

It should be noted that sections of law and regulation outside of the Dental Practice Act are not included in this guide and that anyone needing additional information should contact an attorney or NYSDA. Also, it is important to remember that New York's Dental Practice Act is a "living" document which is continually subject to amendment.