COVID-19: Ontario's dentists to only perform emergency services

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Shortly after, the American Dental Association sent out a similar recommendation that offices reduce services for three weeks and allow for emergency care when needed.

In a release, it says dentists may provide emergency treatments only, including treatment of oral-facial trauma, major infection, prolonged bleeding, or unmanageable pain. "We believe by taking these extraordinary precautions, dentists can make a difference in helping to preserve the limited supply of personal protection equipment (PPE) critical for emergency dental care and frontline health care personnel responding to the pandemic".

Following the advice of the Minnesota Dental Association and the American Dental Association, dentists around the state are temporarily limiting practices as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase.

If a pre-treatment risk assessment can not be conducted remotely, the CDSBC asks that offices have protocols in place for people who may arrive in person due to urgent oral health concerns.

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If the risk of contamination is too great, the treatment must be postponed. "Offices should develop a pre-screening protocol for patients who present in person".

"Care provided must be compliant with existing ADA&C Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Standards and guidance or the treatment must cease", reads the statement.

The association is also working on creating resources for staff employment considerations, guidelines on treating emergent patients in dental offices and a list of places accepting patients.

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