Florida Dental Offices Are Open for Business
The governor issued Executive Order 20-112
, which outlines protocols that need to be met in order to restart elective procedures.
Florida is currently in Phase 2 of its reopening plan.
The state of Florida has put out FAQs for additional guidance on Phase 2 (Executive Order 20-139).
The American Dental Association (ADA) released guidance on reopening dental practices in the form of a toolkit that was developed based on the work of the ADA’s Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery co-chaired by FDA Immediate Past President Dr. Rudy Liddell. This toolkit is focused on the short-term management of dental practices during the COVID-19 pandemic as providers return to non-emergent care and includes resources such as staff protection strategies, a chairside checklist for working in the operatory, a customizable letter to patients, guidance for pre-appointment screening, in-office patient registration, post-procedure patient exit and much more.
The ADA issued guidance for implementing COVID-19 hazard assessments in dental settings that can be used to mitigate risk. The ADA also released a hazard assessment checklist as a supplementary tool (both require an ADA member login). These are complementary pieces to the ADA Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit and will enable dentists to provide dental care in a safe and healthy work environment for employees while reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread for all.
The FDA has developed a toolkit for practices that have COVID-19 exposure from patients or staff members who have tested positive. In addition, the Florida Department of Health has a 24-hour COVID-19 Call Center (866.779.6121) and email (COVIDemail@example.com).
The FDA and the ADA will continue to provide important updates and information through our communications channels. We ask that you to read all communications from the FDA and ADA.
We urge all members to exercise their best judgement and caution during this time and to reach out to the FDA or ADA with any questions or concerns. We thank you for your commitment to providing the highest level of care for Florida’s patients and dental profession. As this situation is continually evolving, our recommendations could evolve as new information is brought forward. The FDA will continue to share updates and communications with our members.
If you have questions that are not answered on the COVID-19 section of the FDA's website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the ongoing pandemic, we know that there are a lot of unknowns for you both personally and professionally. The Florida Dental Association is here to be your constant support and guidance through this time of uncertainty by monitoring activity and advocating for you at the state and national levels, alerting you of any changes that may affect you and providing expert advice from our team of professionals, so you can continue to focus on your family, patients and practice.
If you are not yet a member, we invite you to Apply Online or submit the PDF Version of the application to email@example.com. If you were a member in 2019 but have not yet renewed for 2020, please Renew for 2020. Our member relations team is happy to help you by phone at 850.681.3629 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.