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Dental Offices in Louisiana to Close At Least 30 Days for Non-Essential Procedures

The Louisiana Department of Health has directed that all routine, non-essential dental procedures be prohibited beginning March 18, 2020, until at least April 16, 2020. All dental providers are directed to contact their clients and families to notify them. See the official memorandum HERE.
The Louisiana Dental Association said, “Many dentists have been asking about the language in the Department of Health order prohibiting non-essential procedures for the next 30 days. The Board will interpret that language to mean the ordinary English language meaning of the phrase “non-essential procedures.” If a procedure can be delayed for 30 days without, in the clinical judgment of the dentist, running an undue risk of harm to the patient, it is non-essential. Many dentists want a list of procedures that are essential versus non-essential, but such a list might be misleading. Simply saying that endodontic treatment is non-essential would ignore the fact that some root canals need to be done sooner than 30 days, while others can wait. We must rely on the training and experience of the licensed dentists in this state to determine essential versus non-essential procedures.”

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