Pennsylvania: 100% Shutdown of Emergency Dental Procedures

by Karl Denninger

Sorry folks, there is a time when if you’re going to claim a doctorate, the right to wear a lab coat and charge hundreds of dollars for a $5 shot of novocaine and $10 worth of composite material + 2 minutes with a UV light you better start using that drill on something other than a novocaine-numbed tooth.

On March 22, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) released new guidance stating that dental facilities and offices must close immediately, even for emergencies, if they do not have all of the following protective equipment and protocol in place:

• All personnel must follow proper protocol when donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE).

• All personnel must use N95 masks or higher; goggles or a face-shield covering face and sides; disposable gowns and gloves.

Treatment must be provided in negative pressure isolation rooms with HEPA filtration.

I’m willing to bet there is not one dental office in the state that has negative-pressure isolation rooms for routine procedures, including extractions and root canals, never mind cleanings and fillings

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