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COVID-19 Resources for Dentists

For the latest updates, please see the ADA Coronavirus Center 

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The COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our daily lives is rapidly evolving. Here are some resources and guidance to help dentists navigate this unprecedented time for their practices, staff and patients.

Practice Management Resources

 

NEW Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for employers

Small Business Administration (SBA) loans available for employers include the new Paycheck Protection Loan and EIDL loans.

Download loan details

 

NEW State Mandates and Recommendations on COVID-19

View the latest state-by-state updates on procedure requirements and/or restrictions for dentists.

Find your state (EXCEL)

 

Financial Assistance from Third Party Payers

Some third party payer are offering financial assistance to independent dental practices impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read about assistance programs

 

Financial Obligations to Staff

Many dentists view their teams not as employees, but as family members. Here’s what staff are owed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download financial obligations guide

 

ADA Foundation Assistance Program

The ADA Foundation offers grants to help dentists and their dependents cover emergencies and expenses.

Learn more about grants

 

Emergency Procedures — Dentists

A guide to which procedures are considered emergencies and non-emergencies.

Download the dentist's guide

 

Emergency Procedures — Patients

Help patients understand when they should — or shouldn’t — make a dental appointment.

Download the patient’s guide

 

Employment Agreements

This is an uncertain time for many employees, including dentists. Here’s a breakdown of the common terms in dentists’ employment agreements that may apply now.

Download the agreements guide

 

Letter to Patients

This template is designed to help you communicate changes to your practice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Download patient letter (WORD)

 

COVID-19 Coding and Billing Guidance

You may see some patients via teledentistry during the COVID-19 outbreak. This quick guide outlines different billing codes your practice may need to use.

Download the coding guide

 

The ADA Code of Ethics and COVID-19

As a result of the pandemic, ethical principles may require different steps than dentists are used to taking. Here’s how the ADA Code of Ethics applies during these extreme circumstances.

Download the ethics guide

 

Handling Vendor Payment Disputes

This guide helps dentists understand how to handle payment disputes with vendors and difficulties accessing patient data.

Download the dispute guide

 

Renegotiating Existing Contracts

The COVID-19 pandemic may impact your obligations under existing contracts. This guide will help you when renegotiating payment terms.

Download the renegotiation guide

 

Contract Obligations during COVID-19

Understand “force majeure” contractual provisions and how events related to the COVID-19 pandemic may apply to your contract obligations.

Download force majeure guide

Safety and Clinical Guidance

 

JADA Infection Control Resources

The Journal of the American Dental Association has compiled a collection of relevant articles on infection control and opened them to the public.

Read JADA articles

 

OSHA Guidance Summary: Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

As employers, practice owners have a responsibility to ensure safe working conditions for staff. Here’s how the COVID-19 pandemic affects that responsibility.

Download the OSHA summary

 

NEW Hand Hygiene for the Dental Team

An overview of effective hand hygiene practices that help reduce the risk of infection transmission.

Read the hygiene guide

 

NEW Tucson Medical Center’s Donning and Doffing Instructions

Learn the correct sequence for donning and doffing gowns, masks, respirators, goggles, face shields and gloves.

Download PPE instructions

 

NEW Tucson Medical Center’s Guide to Putting On and Taking Off Respirators

Respirators play an important role in keeping you safe. Here’s how to properly put them on and take them off.

Download respirator guide

Digital Events and Webinars

 

NEW Dental Practice Financial Issues Surrounding COVID-19

CPA Allen Schiff identifies what should be on your financial checklist and how the CARES Act impacts dentists.

Watch March 27 webinar

 

NEW The CARES Act

Learn more about what’s in the CARES Act and how it can immediately impact your practice.

Watch March 27 webinar

 

NEW 19 Ways to Defeat the Pandemic

Dr. Mark E. Hyman shares what you can do now and when you are back to work to help your practice survive — and thrive.

Watch March 26 webinar

 

NEW Keep the Lights On

Big Buzz CEO Wendy O’Donovan Phillips on how to predict short- and long-term impacts on your business.

Watch March 25 webinar

 

ADA and OSAP Webinar

Infection control experts answer dentists’ questions on protocol and procedures in light of COVID-19

Watch March 20 webinar

Not seeing what you’re looking for?

We know dentists have a lot of questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re working to answer as many as we can. If you’re not finding an answer to your questions, reach out at msc@ada.org.

You can also click the ‘Live Chat’ box on the right side of the screen between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Central) Monday-Friday.

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