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Governor Suspends Non-Emergent Dental Procedures

During her press conference on March 26, Governor Kim Reynolds announced the signing of a new proclamation suspending elective and nonessential dental procedures beginning at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 27 through 11:59 PM on April 16. The proclamation allows the governor the right to terminate this proclamation earlier or extend it. 

The proclamation allows dentists to continue to treat dental emergencies. We ask that dentists continue to treat dental emergencies locally to minimize the number of patients seeking treatment within hospital emergency rooms and to not overburden the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.
 
The proclamation specifies that:
 
All dentists and their staff shall refrain from performing elective dental procedures, including: any cosmetic or aesthetic procedures; all routine hygiene; any orthodontic procedures other than those necessary to relieve pain or infection or to restore normal oral functioning; initiation of crowns, bridges, or dentures that do not address or prevent pain or restore normal oral functioning; any periodontal plastic surgery; extraction of asymptomatic non-carious teeth; recall visits for periodontally-healthy patients; and all appointments for high-risk patients, including ASA 2 and 3 patients, unless emergent. 
 
For more information please refer to the press release issued by the Iowa Dental Board on March 26.
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