There is no single definition of what is medically necessary, urgent or an emergency. You will need to use your best clinical and medical judgment. The American Dental Association (ADA) has issued guidance regarding the definition of emergency care and you can use this as a guideline. The governor’s mandate states all dental offices to immediately cease performing elective services. He mandated the prohibition of any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery in the state of Florida. Dentists are still able and required to see emergency patients. All non-essential elective medical and surgical procedures, including dental procedures, are prohibited during this time.
At this point, the state of Florida has not defined emergency care, so the information provided by the ADA may be a recommendation that Florida dentists choose to consider. Dentists should use their professional judgment in determining a patient’s need for urgent or emergency care.