New Mexico dentists in all but three counties may resume providing non-essential dental care provided they agree to comply with guidelines developed to protect the supply of personal protective equipment, state health officials announced Friday, May 8.
The Phase I Reopening Guidelines for dentists were developed by the New Mexico Medical Advisory Team in collaboration with the New Mexico Dental Association.
They include a personal protective equipment burn rate calculator dental providers can use to determine how quickly they are using up personal protective equipment like masks, face shields, gloves and gowns.
Dentists in San Juan, McKinley and Cibola counties cannot provide non-essential services at this time since those counties continue fighting a surge of COVID-19 cases.
The guidelines were developed to ration and preserve the state’s supply of personal protective equipment in response to the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Thursday, April 30, a public health order to protect New Mexico’s supply of personal protective equipment healthcare workers need to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is the responsibility of each individual provider to use professional discretion and judgment in evaluating which health care services can be delayed and which should be provided, taking into consideration the best interests of the patient.
Dental providers must submit the required form attesting they will comply with the guidelines.
They can download the required form and submit it online at cv.nmhealth.org under the clinician information link.