Choose Dental Protection membership, choose a defence organisation that puts you first

As a member-owned, not-for-profit organisation, we exist purely to support your professional interests and protect your finances, career and reputation from legal claims and complaints.

We’ve protected members in Ireland for more than 100 years and have extensive experience of dealing with clinical negligence claims, the healthcare landscape and common dentolegal issues in-country.

Dental Hygienists, Clinical Dental Technicians and Orthodontic Therapists are currently regulated in Ireland, meaning you can renew with Dental Protection for unrivalled indemnity and receive the same support and protection as other dental care professionals do all over the world. 


Discretionary support that thinks on its feet

Our discretionary approach to providing assistance is not about being able to say no. It’s about having the flexibility to ask, ‘How can we help?’

Discretion allows us to treat each case on its individual merit, providing flexibility for a wider range of situations, especially those with unforeseen or unusual circumstances.

Unlike some other organisations, discretion allows us to assess claims and complaints when new issues and risks arise in healthcare and consider where we can support you.

Our experienced dentolegal consultants and specialist solicitors can use their judgement and expertise to help you, without being restricted by small print, financial caps, or exclusion clauses.

Benefits of membership

At Dental Protection, our focus is on putting you first and providing protection that goes further. Our protection is not limited to patient claims, and our team are here to offer advice for any eventuality your career may face.

Advice and legal representation

The right to request advice and legal representation for disciplinary and regulatory proceedings and criminal investigations related to your professional practice.

Clinical negligence

The right to request indemnity for clinical negligence claims and Good Samaritan acts worldwide

Complaints support

Help responding to and resolving patient complaints with a team of dentolegal experts on call to assist you, including with writing letters and reports

Dentolegal advice

Dentolegal advice line including out of hours emergency support 24/7 (at no extra cost)

Expert legal team

Access to a dedicated expert legal team which may include clinical negligence solicitors, dentolegal consultants and professional claims managers

Professional development workshops and online courses

Workshops, online courses, and webinars with accredited CPD to develop your communication and risk management skills

Risk prevention resources

With a huge range of CPD included in your membership, you can access a whole host of guidance and training online to reduce/minimise any potential risks or issues, along with a selection of publications and case reports

Confidential counselling service

Access to our confidential counselling service to support you through stressful situations relating to your work or personal life that you feel could impact your practice

Help with unwanted media attention

Expert support including preparing statements and responding to the media on your behalf

Discounts for IDHA members

Dental Protection offers IDHA members an 20% discount on subscription fees.

This partnership reflects the collaboration between the IDHA and Dental Protection in terms of the dental complaints service, joint representation of members on probity and disciplinary matters, and in public advocacy campaigns.

To get your discount contact our membership team on 1800 932 916 and quote your IDHA membership number.

Making the most of your membership

Your guide to member benefits outlines the vast range of resources you can use to help manage your risk, receive expert help when you need it, and practise with confidence throughout your career.


Understanding your membership

Please take time to read the guide to your responsibilities as a member and examples of those circumstances in which we are unlikely to be able to help with a request for assistance.


How to renew your membership

You’ll receive your renewal pack one month before the end of your current membership year. You’ll then be asked to log into your MyMPS account and:

  1. Check your information
  2. Update any details that have changed
  3. Renew your subscription
    • You can pay by credit or debit card or set up a Direct Debit online at MyMPS or by contacting us by phone
    • If you already pay by Direct Debit, your payment will be taken automatically.

It is important to check your details as any missing or inaccurate information could affect your right to request assistance and in some circumstances can result in your membership being cancelled.