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Regulatory FAQ > General FAQ Questions > What are the requirements for a dental office to terminate care for a patient?

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According to Washington State law, “The attending dentist, without reasonable cause, shall not neglect, ignore, abandon, or refuse to complete the current procedure for a patient. If the dentist chooses to withdraw responsibility to a patient of record, the dentist shall: (1) Advise the patient that termination of treatment is contemplated and that another dentist should be sought to complete the current procedure and for future care; and (2) advise the patient that the dentist will remain reasonably available under the circumstances for up to 15 days from the date of such notice to render emergency care related to that current procedure” (WAC 246-817-380).