Guidance from the ADA on COVID-19
As the information and science around COVID-19 continues to evolve, the MDDS has maintained an ongoing dialogue with the Colorado Dental Association (CDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA). We are supporting and sharing the following guidance.
The MDDS, CDA and ADA recommend that all dentists close their offices for three weeks to patients seeking elective and non-urgent care. During that time dentists should provide only emergency dental care and medically necessary care. This will allow members to care for the most critical patients, while also alleviating the burden that emergency dental care would put on hospitals.
This rapidly changing situation has come with an overload of information and misinformation. We thank you for your patience during these past few days as the agencies of authority have sifted through this information to make the correct recommendations to protect our profession and our patients.
MDDS will continue its ongoing dialogue with CDA, ADA and other health officials. We recommend that you take this time to make sure that your practice has appropriate COVID-19 screening protocols in place and that your infection control and OSHA practices are up to date. We also recommend that offices consider implementing a virtual waiting room in their practices to better maintain social distancing.
This was not a decision made and shared lightly and is being done out of an abundance of caution during one of the most disruptive public health emergencies in modern history. We all have a role to play by following evidence-based public health advice to help slow the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve.”
We believe that by taking these precautions dentists can make a difference in helping to preserve the limited supply of personal protective equipment critical for emergency dental care and frontline healthcare personnel responding to the pandemic. We recognize the gravity of these extreme measures and are sensitive to the economic impact that it will have.
We understand that you will have questions about what to do following this announcement. For the most up to date information and support, continue to follow MDDS and CDA emails and mddsdentist.com/covid19.
The Metro Denver Dental Society is a not-for-profit component society of the American Dental Association and the Colorado Dental Association.