CT Best Practices for Dental Offices
In a memorandum from the Department of Public Health sent on Friday, July 17 to Connecticut dentists and dental hygienists, the Department acknowledges that components of the Best Practices for Dental Offices…During the COVID-19 Pandemic
have been updated multiple times since the document’s release, creating understandable confusion and concern among dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and others working in dental settings.
The Department of Public Health advises dental practices in Connecticut to follow the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response, and to use guidance issued by the American Dental Association and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to complement or supplement the CDC guidance.
Recent updates to the CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance include:
- Removal of the recommendation to wait 15 minutes after completion of clinical care and exit of each patient without suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to begin to clean and disinfect room surfaces
- Changing the recommended time period for patients to inform the dental practice if they develop symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID-19 from 14 days to 2 days
Click here to Read the Full Memorandum.
We ask that you please take some time to download and fully review the information in the “Best Practices for Dental Offices” document. A link to the document can be found below.
CSDA Updates FAQs for “Best Practices for Dental Offices
The “Best Practices for Dental Offices Considering Expanding Operations beyond Emergency Care” document distributed by the CT Department of Public Health on May 17, 2020 were developed as baseline precautions to reduce risk of infection of the entire dental health team and their patients. CDC guidelines for dental practice have been updated multiple times since the original publication of the “Best Practices for Dental Offices” document, and as such, some of the original recommendations conflict with current CDC guidance. Recognizing this, the CSDA has updated its Frequently Asked Questions to reflect current CDC guidance.
ADA Responds to World Health Organization Recommendation
On Tuesday August 11, 2020
, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement recommending that “routine” dental care should be delayed in certain situations, due to COVID-19. We have received communications from several CSDA member dentists voicing their concerns about the comments made by the WHO.
In response, the American Dental Association expressed its strong disagreement with the WHO’s recommendation, noting that “dentistry is essential health care, because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing, or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.” In addition, both the ADA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided recommendations for minimizing the generation of aerosols, as well as guidelines for appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to be utilized to protect the dental team from COVID transmission. You can read the ADA’s full statement here.
In Connecticut, dentists are reminded to follow the most recent guidance issued by the CDC, and to use information from the American Dental Association and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to complement or supplement the CDC guidance.