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Released May 7, updated guidance for resuming deferred and preventive dental care.
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Updated December 4, interim infection prevention and control guidance for dental settings during the COVID-19 response.
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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.
Can I wash or reuse face masks?
Single-use masks, or disposable masks, should not be washed for the purpose of reusing with patients. CDC does provide "crisis" guidelines that may offer non-standard options for mask use. Continue to watch for guidance on mask use.
What do I do if I suspect exposure to COVID-19 in the practice? Do my staff and I need to self-quarantine?
That is a decision that can only be made at the time of the event and certain factors would have to be considered and assessed. For example, an employee or a patient whose partner has a co-worker exhibiting symptoms is a low-risk situation compared to a situation where an employee or patient has a partner who has symptoms consistent with COVID. Individuals who have reported possible exposures to their medical care providers should follow the provider’s instructions. Consult with your local public health department if exposure risk is high, for example, when a patient was seen in the office and then reports within a couple weeks that they have tested positive for COVID.
Which disinfectants that are effective against COVID-19 can I use in my dental practice?
The EPA recently released a list of disinfectants that are effective against COVID-19. You will need to use a disinfectant that also meets the requirements of the state dental board's infection control regulations. Reference list of EPA- and state-approved disinfectants.
How can my COVID-positive patient get emergency dental treatment if I cannot provide it at my office?
Work with the patient’s medical provider to locate an appropriate facility for care.