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A Guide to Essential vs. Non-Essential Dental Procedures

This guide appeared during a teleconference The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) held for its members this past Monday, March 16, 2020. It is to help dentists identify which dental procedures are considered essential versus non-essential during a national emergency.

Dentists are to use the below as a guide, and encouraged to make professional judgment calls on the urgency of any procedure during emergencies.

PLEASE NOTE: All procedures should also consider risk factors associated with demographics more susceptible to COVID-19, such as elderly patients.

Update: North American Dental Group, the dental support organization that created this guide now has an online COVID-19 Resource Guide for Dental Professionals. Click HERE.