Dental Practice management During COVID-19 Pandemic
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 2, Pages 6760-6767
AbstractThe aim of this article is to provide evidence-based information for the oral health-care providers to understand better about COVID-19 disease and be prepared to treat all the patients. The impact of the severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has been unprecedented especially in health care, oral healthcare service is one of the most highly exposed clinical departments due to the potential aerosol transmission risk. Since the corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020, several dental care facilities in affected countries have been completely closed or have been only providing a minimal, treatment for emergency case. Dental specialists in the upcoming days will likely come across patients with confirmed COVID-19 and will have to ensure stringent infection prevention and control to prevent its nosocomial spread. This article strives to provide a brief overview of the etiology, symptoms, and mode of transmission of this novel infection,and how to minimize the spread in a dental healthcare setting, and a brief aboutdental management practice and protocols prior to patients visit, during in-office dental treatment, post-treatment, during the pandemic and after.
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