As of May 14, 2020, dental assistants may return to full provision of services under the direction and supervision of the prescribing practitioner. The return to providing full services is subject to Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health orders and the province’s decision to enter Stage One of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.
Dental assistants must follow our Return to Non-essential Practice Guidelines. You must also review and be familiar with COVID-19 guidelines from your employer’s regulatory body (some links are provided below) or other authority. We recommend that you work together with your employer to implement and follow the guidelines.
We encourage you to use the Ethical Decision-Making Framework in our Code of Ethics to help guide you through finding the best course of action for a situation.
ADA&C’s Expectation and Pathway for Patient Care
The ADA&C has released Expectations and Pathway for Patient Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is available at COVID-19 Info.
The ADA&C states, “The Expectations and Pathway for Patient Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic document will provide interim considerations for Alberta dental offices, specific to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is designed for use by Alberta dentists and the dental team and should be read in conjunction with relevant provincial legislation, regulations and policies.”
Links to Alberta Oral Health Regulators
These links are to the other oral health regulatory colleges. If you work in a different setting (education, insurance, sales, etc.) check with your employer about COVID-19 work requirements.