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Infection Control

Official Guidance

From the CDPH

Released May 7, updated guidance for resuming deferred and preventive dental care.

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Official Guidance

From the CDC

Updated December 4, interim infection prevention and control guidance for dental settings during the COVID-19 response.

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Evaluating Patients for Emergency Care

When evaluating a patient to determine if they should be seen for emergency care, what other items should we review with them?

Once you have determined the patient is in need of urgent emergency care, you must screen the patient to reduce disease exposure risk to you and your staff. Ask the patient over the telephone or telehealth platform if they:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 and, if yes:
  • the date when symptoms began to abate. See below for information to help you determine when to schedule.
  • are symptomatic or currently under mandatory isolation. See below for additional information.
  • Are currently experiencing, or have experienced in the last three weeks, signs of acute respiratory illness such as coughing, fever and shortness of breath.
  • Have had close contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 or with symptoms.

If a patient passes these screening questions and will be seen in the office, but plans to bring a driver, remind the patient that the driver should remain outside the office. Obtain the driver’s phone number in order to notify them that the patient is ready to leave. If a parent, guardian or caretaker must accompany a patient to the appointment, be certain they comply with social distancing rules in the waiting area.

As current guidance suggests that community transmission rates are high and asymptomatic persons potentially carry and transmit COVID-19, dental offices should take additional steps to protect patients and staff as described in CDA's COIVD-19 Infection Control FAQs.