Update on Dental Office Operations


Saturday, March 21, 2020   1:00 p.m.


Early yesterday evening, the Governor’s office released new guidance related to “ESSENTIAL SERVICES” under Governor Cuomo’s "New York State on Pause”" Executive Order.  Indeed, the information below is important information that you should all read.


While medical services, including dentistry are considered "essential services" and exempt from the directive that non-essential businesses must cease all in-office personnel functions, the new guidance is quite specific in defining dentistry as "emergency dentistry."


What does this mandate mean for you?

It means that the dentistry in your office should be "emergency" in nature only. While this may not affect those of you that have heeded previous NYSDA and ADA recommendations to voluntarily close your offices except for emergencies, this is no longer a voluntary recommendation coming from your professional association. It is now a statewide mandate.


Effective Sunday, March 22 at 8 p.m., all dental offices MUST cease operation except in the case of dental emergencies.


You may wish to refer to the ADA’s recent guidance on what is or isn’t considered emergent: https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2020-archive/march/ada-develops-guidance-on-dental-emergency-nonemergency-care. Second District will continue to keep you informed as the news cycle changes. We also suggest that you consult this website and the NYSDA website for more related material on COVID-19.