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COVID-19 Update – New Requirements for Dentistry in Response to Omicron Variant

January 7, 2022
by RCDSO


The Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued a revised Directive #2 to preserve health system capacity by stopping or deferring procedures that:
  • risk placing further strain on intensive care resources (e.g., procedures that carry a higher risk of subsequent hospitalizations).
  • use health human resources that could be redeployed to intensive care units.
To comply, dentists must cease immediately:
  • Non-emergent and non-urgent major surgical procedures (e.g., osteotomies, such as LeFort and bilateral sagittal split procedures, and use of rigid fixation) that carry a substantive risk of resulting in the use of emergency medical services or other hospital services.
  • Other non-emergent and non-urgent dental procedures that carry a substantive risk of resulting in the use of emergency medical services or other hospital services.
  • Non-emergent and non-urgent sedation and general anesthetic procedures requiring a sedation or anesthetic team (i.e., parenteral moderate sedation, deep sedation and general anesthesia) as described in the RCDSO’s Standard of Practice on the Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia in Dental Practice.

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