Membership information 1800 932 916
Dentolegal advice 1800 936 077

Your membership is unique to you

Every aspect of your membership is built around your needs, having been developed and refined over 100 years. And we’re still evolving to help you meet the challenges of modern dentistry.

We treat all our members as individuals and by using more detailed information about your scope of practice we can provide you with a tailored membership and subscription, giving you peace of mind that you have appropriate indemnity arrangements in place.

When you spend every day looking after other people it’s reassuring to know we’re looking after you.

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


To encourage participation in risk management CPD, we reward dentists with reduced subscriptions as part of our package of risk management initiatives. Find out more >>


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If you have any questions about your application please refer to our online quote questions and answers and information for applicants.

Discounts for IDA members

Dental Protection offers IDA members an 11.5% discount on subscription fees.

This partnership reflects the collaboration between the IDA 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 IDA membership number.

Important information

Please allow around 20 minutes to complete your online quote. You can save your quote and return to complete your application at any time for up to 30 days.

If you have previously been a member, your membership number will also be required. If you cannot locate your membership number please call member services on 1800 932 916.

What you will need to complete your quote:

  • How many hours you work per week
  • How many weeks you work per year
  • The full address and Eircode of your practice location
  • Your scope of practice
  • Your Dental Council (IDC) reference number
  • Your date of primary qualification
  • Your full registration date
  • Your projected gross income
  • Details of previous indemnifiers, gaps in your professional protection, any previous complaints and claim and case history

A full case history, known as letter of good standing, will be required to support your application if you have held indemnity or insurance with any other provider(s) in the last ten years (periods of State indemnity are not required). Please send us your case history from previous indemnifiers within 42 days of your application being accepted. If we do not receive this within 42 days, or if the information doesn’t match your application form, it could lead to your membership being cancelled.

Referred applications

Sometimes we need to check the information you have provided in your application (for example if you have had a claim in the past). This will mean that, at the end of your online application, you will be told that it has been referred. It can take up to five days for this to be investigated, but your application will still be progressing in the meantime and we will aim to get back to you sooner than that wherever possible.

If any of the statements below apply to you please call us on 1800 932 916.

• You are applying for membership for work undertaken in more than one country
• You are applying for membership for both medical and dental work
• You require membership of an existing Dental Protection Xtra scheme and undertake work outside of the group, for which you require individual membership.

If you have outstanding regulatory, licensing, registration body, criminal or disciplinary investigations your application will not be accepted

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