RESEARCH ARTICLE


The Saudi Infection Control Guidance for Re-opening Dental Services in Governmental and Private Sectors During Coronavirus Disease-2019 Pandemic



Ali AlAhdal1, *, Haila Al-Huraishi2, Ahmad Almalag3, Adel Alrusayes4, Saud M Orfali5
1 Directorate of Dentistry, Makkah Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Orofacial Pain, Riyadh Specialized Dental Center, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Endodontics, Hail Dental Center, Hail Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Hail, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Preventive Programs and Training, General Directorate of Dentistry, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5 General Directorate of Dentistry, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


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* Address correspondence to this author at Directorate of Dentistry, Makkah Health Affairs, Ministry of Health Amena Bint Wahab Street, Alhamra, 24321 Makkah, Saudi Arabia; Tel:966567572600; E-mail: ali-alahdal10@homail.com


Abstract

Objective:

Novel newly discovered coronavirus, also known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2, is a recently emerging virus that has been rapidly spreading globally since December 2019. Due to the vicinity inoro-dental treatment and aerosol production, people inside the dental office are at high risk of being infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2. This guideline aims to protect the dental health-care workers during their plans to re-open and increasingly continue their routine services until further notice from their governing body.

Methods:

A panel of experts in dentistry and infection prevention and control reviewed the local and global research and guidelines related to infection prevention and control during coronavirus disease-2019, along with the re-opening guidance provided by different entities.

Results:

Such a document might either be adopted or adapted to any regional and international organization that wishes to use a revised professional guideline in infection prevention and control dental services.

Conclusion:

A careful re-opening plan should be developed and implemented, including strict infection control measures before resuming the dental practice.

Keywords: Dentistry, Dental infection control, Re-opening dental services, COVID-19 guideline, Dental guideline, Infection control.