Thank you to the many members who have reached out with support and comments.
Many members have reached out sharing their frustration about mobilizing their offices to safely open today, and then having to return to emergency treatment only. I share your frustration. The Executive committee, the MDA staff, and the entire Board of Directors are exploring options for a pathway forward for dentistry in Maine.
As you probably have seen, the Maine Board of Dental Practice released
that mirrors what that we communicated to you on Wednesday that only emergency treatment should be performed based upon the CDC guidelines that the governor has mandated for dental health care professionals.
The US CDC published recommendations for best practice; however, because the governor has applied these to our conditional opening, they have effectively moved from guidance into law.
Many of you are seeking for some way to communicate your desire and ability to return safely to practice. To that effect, let me provide some guidance for you.
1. Assure that you are sourcing your necessary PPE. Many dentists are sourcing PPE from local Maine companies, some are ordering from overseas (that are on the FDA approved list). The MDA has also just posted a list of PPE Vendors that are selling face shields and masks. You can access that list on the MDA Coronavirus Resources page here.