The B.C. Ministry of Health and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer regularly release new information about COVID-19. Registrants should refer to this information regularly, along with the guidance for health professionals from the BC Centre for Disease Control. Access these updates at the links below:
Expert advice on the clinical aspects of COVID-19 should and will continue to come 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.
An evolving list of
FAQ about COVID-19 for Registrants is available
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 >>
This document is based on the latest available best practice and scientific evidence about this emerging disease and may change as new information becomes available. Edits will be noted in the schedule of changes on the last page of the document.
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC):Information line: 1-833-784-4397
Public Health Agency of Canada information line:
The World Health Organization has published a document titled Considerations for the provision of essential oral health services. The document speaks to ventilation in oral health care facilities as follows:“Adequate ventilation in oral health care facilities reduces the risk of transmission in closed settings. According to the type of ventilation available (mechanical or natural), increase ventilation and airflow (door closed, adequate exhaust ventilation, negative pressure or mechanically ventilated equivalent air exchange capacity in room where possible - an average of 6-12 air exchanges per hour)