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The California Dental Association applauds the California Department of Public Health's directive calling for all dental practices in California to suspend dental care with the exception of emergencies. CDA strongly advocated for the state to provide clear and specific guidance for dental professionals and the public regarding protocols that align with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The April 2020 issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association explores the dentist's role in identifying possible sleep-related breathing disorders in their patients.
California health care providers will be challenged to meet the needs of patients during this pandemic, with active COVID-19 cases expected to surpass the medical capability of the state to respond within its normal workforce. Dentists, with their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and sterile surgical techniques, are invaluable to the health care worker surge capacity necessary to meet this need.
The California Dental Association is working to adapt its recommendations to dentists in the most timely and accurate manner possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. CDA's goals are to reflect the intent and purpose of guidance or directions from public health authorities to effectively "flatten the curve" and to navigate what that guidance means for dentists' care delivery and practice issues.
Summary The following statement reflects the deep concern of the California Dental Association's 27,000 members and all 36,000 licensed dentists in California for the health and safety of their patients, staff, families and communities:
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