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Protocols for treating patients who require emergency care

Patients should be screened for active disease prior to providing dental care in the office. Take note of patients who:

To reduce possible transmission of viruses during treatment and, in addition to taking standard precautions:

  • Avoid or minimize operations that can produce droplets or aerosols; use rubber dams as much as possible.
  • Rinse the oral cavity slowly, avoiding unnecessary splatter.
  • Use high-speed evacuation for all dental procedures producing an aerosol.
  • Have patient use an antimicrobial rinse before starting a dental procedure; ADA suggests using 1% hydrogen peroxide.
  • Avoid or minimize procedures that may induce coughing, such as taking routine intraoral X-rays.
  • Consider wearing a face shield to cover your mask and eyeglasses or goggles for the shield’s additional splatter protection.