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COVID-19 Update: How Directive #2 affects dentistry


The Ministry of Health has now clarified the impact of
Directive #2 for Health Care Providers. It confirmed that this version of Directive #2 is intended to stop procedures that could tax intensive care resources (e.g., procedures that carry higher risks of hospitalization) or utilize health human resources that could be redeployed to intensive care, where needed.

The Ministry has advised us that, in dentistry, the following non-emergent and non-urgent health care surgeries and procedures must cease, effective immediately:
Note: the procedures above can proceed if they are required to deal with an emergent or urgent situation. See here for definitions of emergency, urgent and non-essential care.

Routine dental procedures and services performed by dentists and dental hygienists in community settings are not impacted and may proceed.

These measures are in effect until withdrawn by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. We will update you when that happens.

Questions? Contact practiceadvisory@rcdso.org or review our updated list of FAQs.