17 Mar IDA and ADA Recommend Postponing Elective Procedures
Tuesday, March 17, 8:30 a.m. EST
Thirty minutes before the IDA Board of Trustees Monday evening web conference to discuss a recommended response to COVID-19, the ADA issued a nationwide recommendation for dentists to postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. Shortly after its meeting began, the IDA Board unanimously voted to support the ADA recommendations.
“We were closely monitoring the recommendations of the ADA and CDC,” explained IDA President Dr. Steve Ellinwood. “We were also aware that circumstances were changing rapidly and felt it best to assemble to Board of Trustees to evaluate our recommendations to members. Shortly before our meeting began, the ADA issued its call to postpone elective procedures. It made our job much easier. After a brief discussion, the Board unanimously voted to support the ADA’s recommendations.”
Executive Director Doug Bush noted that IDA was not alone. “A number of state dental associations had leadership meetings over the weekend or on Monday. Most of them adopted recommendations substantially equivalent to those of the ADA.”
ADA President Dr. Chad P. Gehani issued a statement for dentists this weekend: “In order for dentistry to do its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the ADA recommends dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.”