LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As businesses start to reopen, many Nevadans are also trying to get back to a routine and that means catching up with health appointments that might have been put off because of the COVID-19 closures.
So, if you are headed to the dentist soon, things might look a little different.
Dental safety protocols and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) standards have been enhanced during the COVID-19 pandemic as outlined recently by the Department of Health and Human Services along with the Governor’s Medical Advisory Team and the State Board of Dental Examiners for all procedures during this phased-in approach to resuming non-emergency dental services while the state still responds to COVID-19 restrictions under the Nevada: Roadmap to Recovery plan.
8 News NOW interviewed Veronica Alvarez, Regional Director of Orthodontic’s and member of the executive operations team that consulted in building the new standards set up by the Nevada Dental Board and the ADA. According to Alvarez, the protocols that were set in place include face coverings beyond the face mask as seen in pictures below.
Most dental facilities already worked with these coverings.