CDC provides updated guidelines for dental offices

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently provided updated interim infection prevention and control guidance for dental settings during the COVID-19 response.
The CDC provided the following summary of recent changes:
  • Recommendations are provided for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • New information is included regarding facility and equipment considerations, sterilization and disinfection, and considerations for the use of test-based strategies to inform patient care.
  • Expanded recommendations for provision of dental care to both patients with COVID-19 and patients without COVID-19.
To view the CDC’s updated guidelines, click here.
The American Dental Association has urged the CDC to provide updated guidance on how to safely reopen dental practices during the deceleration phase of the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
COVID-19 guidelines for dental offices
When utilizing the OSHA, CDC and the ADA guidance documents, dentists must use their professional judgement. All are guidance documents intended to assist dentists and employers in working through the issues associated with providing care to their patients in a safe working environment. Each entity may provide slightly differing guidance, and it is up to the dentist to determine how to proceed.