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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Dental Practice Safety

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Dental Practice Safety

Practice Safety

The following is a summary of some of the guidelines for dental settings. Content created by CAEK, Inc., and posted on May 28, 2020, LayerCompliance.

Summary guidance is subject to change as data concerning the virus is continually changing, and accordingly it is important for the user to review guidance from relevant federal, state, and local government authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for up-to-date safety and infection control recommendations.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is thought to be spread primarily through respiratory droplets.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has placed dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) in "high" and "very high" risk categories for exposure to SARS-CoV-2 based on dentistry work tasks in certain situations. Dental settings have unique characteristics that warrant additional infection control considerations, according to the CDC. The CDC has provided recommendations for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic using standard precautions and implementing additional precautions (e.g., contact, droplet, and airborne) based on the current level of COVID-19 community-transmission and patients' COVID-19 status (e.g., suspected or confirmed).

This checklist is not a complete list of guidelines that may be applicable to your practice. The content on this page is not intended to replace your thorough assessment of the most recent OSHA, CDC and your State guidance for COVID-19; your review of regional COVID-19 information; your assessment of a patient's COVID-19 status; or comprehensive training for your staff on precautions to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission. For a printable version of this guidance please click here.

+ Review Region-Specific Information and Recommendations*

+ PPE & Your Team

+ Your Office

+ Patient Flow Considerations

+ Treatment Considerations

+ Other Infection Control

+ Exposure Planning

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Last Updated: May 28, 2020

The information contained herein is intended to be informative in nature, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. The information was obtained from sources we believe to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. This situation is dynamic and continuing to change daily. Henry Schein does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any statements contained herein, or correct inaccuracies whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Dental and medical professionals must make their own business decisions and may wish to seek professional advice before acting with regard to the subjects mentioned herein. Nothing contained herein should be treated as legal, business, accounting, international, insurance, tax, financial or other professional advice.