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​​​​​​​​Oral Health Care During Phases 2 and 3 of the COVID-19 Response

August 18, 2020

As B.C. continues in phase 3 of the government’s COVID-19 response, the interim guidance document for oral health care providers has been updated to ensure patients continue to receive safe and timely care. The updated document replaces the May 15 document titled Transitioning Oral Healthcare to Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Response Plan. Read the updated document at the link below:

Oral Health Care During Phases 2 and 3 of the COVID-19 Response (August 18, 2020) >>

A comparison document showing markup of changes between May 15 and August 18 guidance documents is available here.

Key updates in this version include:
  • Revised patient and staff screening protocols
  • Increased detail related to screening for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 positive patients and patients vulnerable for severe expression of COVID-19
  • Updated personal protective equipment (PPE) for patients and providers (including a table outlining PPE by procedure and COVID-19 status of patient)
  • Precautions for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

A public-friendly version of the interim guidance document for oral health care providers has been created to help patients understand what to expect when seeking dental care.​

Guidance for Patients: What to expect when visiting a dental office during Phase 2 and 3 of BC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic >>

Recommended Resources for Health Professionals

Expert advice on the clinical aspects of COVID-19 comes from federal and provincial health and other governmental authorities. Our role as the regulator is to provide clear signposting to the current guidance provided by those higher authorities. The following agencies have provided specific information about COVID-19:

The material provided by these agencies is updated regularly as new information becomes available, and registrants can expect CDSBC’s guidance to evolve as the material provided by these agencies is updated.



More COVID-19 information for CDSBC registrants is available here >>​