Dental offices can reopen May 1

I am happy to share with you that today Gov. Mike DeWine announced that dental offices in Ohio can resume providing all care on May 1. A statement from the Ohio State Dental Board with specific guidelines should be posted shortly.
On March 17, the State of Ohio directed all health care providers, including Ohio’s dentists, to delay all non-essential procedures and surgeries. Since then, we have been advocating on your behalf to ensure patients with emergencies could still be treated and more importantly for the reopening of dental offices to provide needed dental care. To read more about our advocacy efforts, click here.
I know there is still a large concern about procuring PPE to be able to reopen your office. It is important that our patients, our staff and ourselves are protected as we begin to reopen. The ODA is working with suppliers to do our best to make the necessary PPE available to our members.
Here is a recent list of PPE recommendations:
The ODA will be providing you with more information about PPE and various standards moving forward for opening your dental office.
To help you prepare for reopening, the ODA will be hosting an online CE course on Thursday, April 30 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. We will provide more information about this CE course as soon as it becomes available, so please watch your inbox.
The American Dental Association has also released a “Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit” that can be accessed by clicking here that provides helpful information and resources.
I look forward to safely getting back to work so that we can provide the much needed dental care to our patients. Please continue to watch your inbox, the ODA’s Facebook page and for up-to-date information.
Sharon K. Parsons, DDS
Ohio Dental Association