IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION
Dear NCDS Member Dentists;
Since the release from the California Department of Public health to suspend all services except for significant emergencies most of practices have for the most part been shut down. A directive from the state on April 27th gave considerations and recommendations to resuming deferred and preventative health care, but it did not have specifics for dental needs. On May 7th dental guidance was released to California Dental Health Care Personnel “based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and the implications for dental practice.” As of May 12th Shasta County Covid-19 News Release stated “Healthcare services may continue to gradually resume…includes routine medical care, dental care, and optometry.” This is great news for our patients and our practices; however I strongly suggest you don’t take this return to practice lightly.
All of our professional organizations and some of our regulatory organizations have come out with a laundry list of tasks to make sure we are taking all of the necessary steps to protect the public, staff and ourselves. It is in each member’s strongest personal and professional interest to make a training document and check off all the necessary boxes from the ADA, CDA, CDPH, and local county public health. Not to mention checking our regulatory boards websites routinely including the Dental Board of California and OSHA. We as a whole profession need to act in accordance with the guidelines and preform necessary safety precautions. As stated earlier guidance released is based upon what is currently known. This is a fluid situation, we cannot be complaisant and must be meticulous in on our efforts to maintain the highest level of care. Significant due diligence researching must be done at this stage to ensure compliance with our professional and regulatory bodies. This stage of re-opening is back to practice with modifications.
We as a profession still have many hurdles to overcome before we are back to our normal day to day routines, but this is a start. Your patients, dental team, and the public trust your judgement in resuming operations in the safest way possible.
Maurice A. Trusas
Tell Gov. Newsom and County Health Departments Dentists Need PPE, relief now:
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