Effective May 11, 2020 the mandatory suspension of all non-essential denturist services in Alberta is lifted. It is noted that this return-to-practice is now permissible, not because our communities are safer and the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is lower; but, rather because there is now capacity to manage the influx of serious cases of COVID-19 infection in the province’s intensive care units.
The College has mandated a phased approach to return-to-practice with planned dates and timelines subject to immediate change and contingent on the public health situation as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Denturists are advised to triage their patients, for priority of care, at this time. It is prudent to continue to limit in-person contact as much as possible and only proceed with those cases which need immediate attention.
Phase I - May 11, 2020 Permissible Activities:
- Urgent and emergency repairs and adjustments
- Delivery of appliances finished before suspension of services
- Routine maintenance requirements (e.g., tissue conditioners, clips, locator, o-ring, era replacements, relines) Urgent new cases
Phase I - June 1, 2020
- All Remaining Procedures
Please know that the start date for Phase II is subject to change taking into consideration public health factors, directives and orders. Our objective is to provide guidance based on evidence and current data that ensures safety for the patients, staff, providers and the community.
Some oral health care facilities may choose to remain closed due to shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or recent facility requirement changes. If appropriate and required PPE is unavailable, oral health services must not be performed.
It is also important to note that practitioners are not obligated to return to work at this time, but may do so, if they wish, while following these guidelines.
It is also prudent for practitioners to continue to provide virtual care for their patients where it is feasible to do so.