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Protect the safety of your dental team and patients: offices postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits

In order to protect dental staff and the public, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) extended to the dental setting stringent measures to prevent the sustained transmission of COVID-19.1 The Australian Dental Association (ADA) formed guidelines to comply with advice for dental facilities to reduce the risk from aerosol generating procedures by postponing elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits, and prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures only, and apply strict personal protective equipment (PPE) practices.2

Click below to view the ADA Managing COVID-19 Guidelines


As the risk of COVID-19 de-escalates in Australia, restrictions are eased and patients are making their way back to dental practices. The ADA continues to recommend standard precautions for all procedures with patients not suspected or positive for COVID-19 as per the ADA Guidelines for Infection Control3 and the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare.4 For urgent dental treatment on patients who are suspected of or confirmed with having COVID-19 cases, transmission based precautions must be applied and can be reviewed in the ADA Managing COVID-19 Guidelines.2

The following information can assist dentists and dental offices in making informed decisions concerning patient triage, evaluation, and treatment during the COVID-19 crisis. To keep staff and patients safe, significant efforts should be made to ensure that the dental practice has been set up to ensure they are prepared to practice and reinforce the policies.

Click below to view the ADA Dental Service Restrictions in COVID-195


Click below to view a Visual Guide for Safe PPE Use for Dental Practitioners

 

REFERENCES
1. Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) Advice to National Cabinet on 25 March 2020.
2. Australian Dental Association (ADA) Managing COVID-19 Guidelines, 25 March 2020.
3. Australian Dental Association ADA’s Guidelines for Infection Control Third edition 2015.Accessed 18 May 2020
4. Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare, Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council (2019). Accessed 18 May 2020
5. ADA Dental Service Restrictions in COVID-19.