COVID-19 (coronavirus) resources
Answers to member questions and the latest dentistry updates.
What do I do if I run out of face masks, gloves, or other PPE?
If you do not have adequate supplies to protect you and your staff while treating an emergency patient, reach out to your local dental society, colleagues, other healthcare professionals or facilities to request them. Supplies can also be request through your local Medical and Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC). Please know that there may be a long waiting period. Access the MHOAC Contact List.
How long should I wait to treat a patient who has or had COVID-19?
It is currently recommended that symptomatic individuals who had the disease may leave home isolation seven days after symptoms first appeared or at least three days after symptoms begin to improve (including fever reduction without the use of fever reducing medication). An individual who tested positive for COVID-19 but was asymptomatic can be scheduled for a date at least 7 days after date of the positive test.
Until clearer evidence on infectivity timelines is determined, dentists and staff should take additional respiratory protection.
After a patient is scheduled for care, what else do we need to consider?
After speaking with the patient, consider the dental procedures that may need to be performed and prioritize for use those procedures that do not produce aerosols, including managing with medications, use of glass ionomer and atraumatic restorative treatment, SDF, etc.
Droplets and fine particles can linger in the air over a period of time before settling on surfaces. If seeing more than one patient in a day, treat them one at a time in different operatories or, if using only one operatory, provide adequate time between appointments in order to properly disinfect the area. Schedule aerosol-producing procedures toward the end of the day. Only have necessary personnel in the treatment area.