From the Georgia Board of Dentistry
Georgia Board of Dentistry Response to the Executive Order issued April 20, 2020
April 22, 2020
The Governor, through this Executive Order, is permitting dental practices to resume services provided that practitioners adhere to current CDC guidelines. While the Board has been inundated with questions relating to staffing and treatment, determinations regarding individual patient care must rest solely with the individual practitioner. The Board trusts all practitioners to utilize professional judgment while making decisions to safely meet the needs of their patients, staff, and community.
Georgia Board of Dentistry Statement on COVID-19 03/17/2020
We recommend that CDC and health department guidelines be strictly adhered to regarding patient care.Please review those guidelines ON A DAILY BASIS as they will be changing as the situation evolves. Many dental associations, including the American Dental Association, are making recommendations that dentists voluntarily suspend all elective, non-urgent or non-emergency dental care for a period of time ranging from two or more weeks. The decision of whether a particular procedure may be necessary for a patient should be made on a case-by-case basis by the treating dentist based on his or her professional judgment. Generally, elective procedures are those that are beneficial but not essential. Dental practitioners have an obligation to provide ongoing emergency care for patients of record to prevent further crowding of the Emergency Rooms. The Board urges everyone to acknowledge the extreme danger of this public health crisis and take an active role in helping control the transmission of the virus.