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Making Decisions for Emergent vs. Urgent Dental Treatment during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Melissa Ing D.M.D., Associate Professor, Elie Ferneini DMD, MD, MHS, MBA

In March of 2020, dental offices and dental institutions around the world were required to shut down to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus that is responsible for a deadly pandemic. In efforts to focus on social distancing and to “flatten the curve”, oral health providers have been asked to reschedule non-essential dental procedures for their patients. This podcast assists the dental team in making decisions on what patients should be immediately treated for and what procedures should be considered elective. Water sprays and aerosols must be minimized with this highly contagious virus so alternative dental treatment options will also be discussed to prevent disease transmission. Furthermore, this podcast will provide guidelines on how dental professionals can continue to compassionately care for their patients while having safe measures in place to protect team members and not overwhelm our already overburdened healthcare system.

At the end of this podcast the audience will be able to:

  • discern what constitutes a dental emergency vs. a dental urgency treatment during this time of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • make treatment plans and deliver care safely during this time of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • minimize the use of aerosols and high-speed hand pieces while treating patients during the time of COVID-19 dental emergency.
  • provide caring measures to ensure that patients do not feel “abandoned” while maintaining best and safe practices to “flatten the curve”.

References:

  1. Athers, A., et al. Coronovirus Disease 19 (COVID-19):  Implications for Clinical Dental Care. Journal of Endodontics 46 (5): in press, 2020
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/03/15/business/economy/coronovirus-worker-risk.html
  3. Ing, M.E. et al. Chapter 2. Office Environment:  Infection Control Safety, Eyewear Safety, and Ergonomics.  Evidence-Based Oral Surgery:  A Clinical Guide for the General Dental Practitioner (Editors Fereini and Goupil) 2019 Springer.
  4. Eggers, M. et al. In Vitro Bactericidal and Virucidal Efficacy of Povidone-iodine Gargle/Mouthwash Against Respiratory and Oral Tract Pathogens.  Infect Dis Ther 2018: &:249-59.
  5. Meng, L. et al. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):  Emerging and Future Challenges for Dental and Oral Medicine Journal of Dental Research. March 2020
  • CategoriesCaries Management, Infection Control, Oral Health and Overall Health, Patient Management, Public Health, Restorative/Prosthodontics
  • LanguageEnglish
“Making Decisions for Emergent vs. Urgent Dental Treatment during the COVID-19 Pandemic” is co-sponsored by Tribune Group GmbH. Tribune Group GmbH is a recognized ADA CERP and AGD PACE provider. At the end of the podcast, after passing the C.E. Quiz, you will be able to download your ADA CERP and AGD PACE C.E. Certificates.