If you are unhappy with treatment you have received from a dentist, you may file a request for Peer Review to resolve your problem.
WHAT IS PEER REVIEW?
Peer review is a mechanism utilized by dental societies across the country to offer an informal way of resolving problems. Peer Review is not a court of law (an adversarial proceeding) nor is it a punitive action hearing.
When the Alaska Dental Society receives a properly completed Request for Peer Review, the appropriate local peer review committee is notified and a member of the local committee contacts the patient. Unless directed otherwise, mediation will be scheduled. If mediation is unsuccessful, full panel arbitration will be conducted. This process may include an examination of the patient and separate interviews with the patient and the dentist who provided the treatment in question.
All dental society members must agree to abide by findings of the peer review. If your concern is with a non-member dentist, that individual is contacted for permission to proceed. If the non-member agrees to peer review, he/she agrees to abide by the findings. If the non-member dentist does not agree to peer review, the dental society is powerless to force a settlement and the patient is referred ot the State Division of Occupational Licensing.
For an application for peer review click here