Safety Precautions to Limit Spread of COVID-19

  • Determine necessity for dental visit, if not already determined by your local authorities.
  • Assess urgency of patient visit, including pain, swelling or trauma.
  • Always follow and use the recommended CDC standard precautions.
  • Ensure that your office is being cleaned and disinfected frequently, especially all common areas.
  • If possible, consider having patients wait in their car until you are ready. This can be set up in advance by instructing them that you will call or text when you are ready. Be sure that they wash their hands upon arrival.
  • Check in on your patients' status. Take temperatures of patients or ask that they take their temperature before arriving at the office. Ask patients to reschedule if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to those with COVID-19 or have a travel history that might make them at risk.
  • Consider teledentistry options and whether there are ways to use technology to assess patient needs and determine the necessity for the patient visit.
  • Understand office policies and procedures regarding staff health issues. Know what your leave time policy is for staff members who may have a medically compromising condition.
  • Try to minimize aerosol effects using rubber dam and high-speed suction, consider oral rinsing prior to treatment and disinfect surfaces.
  • Follow local and state guidelines for operations. The COVID-19 situation is very fluid, and guidelines are changing daily. Stay abreast of local, state and federal guidelines.
  • Understand that the supply chain for personal protective equipment (PPE) is under heavy strain. Consider limiting patient care to those in urgent or emergent need (pain, swelling, trauma).
  • Enhance the PPE when aerosol procedures are being performed (welder-style shield) in addition to mask.