On August 24, 2020, the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) unanimously voted to adopt a new COVID-19 emergency rule (22 Texas Administrative Code §108.7(16)). This rule is adopted in response to Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order (GA-19) dictating the minimum standards for safe dental practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rule went into effect August 25, 2020 and will  remain in effect until December 23, 2020, unless Governor Abbott’s disaster declaration is terminated.

It was once again TDA’s effective advocacy with the TSBDE, Governor Abbott, and the governor’s team that resulted in a new dental board emergency rule so that dentists can continue to effectively treat patients during the pandemic. Highlights of the new emergency rule include:

  • Allowing dentists to manage patient workflow according to their independent professional judgment and no longer require dental health care personnel (DHCP) to complete the full treatment of one patient before leaving the treatment area and moving on to another patient
  • Allowing DHCP to use high-speed instruments (eg, cavitron) for hygiene services; and
  • Allowing DHCP to remove PPE, without needing to also change from scrubs, before returning home.

The newly amended rule is 22 Texas Administrative Code §108.7(16).

Texas’ dentists choosing to fully treat dental patients starting May 1, 2020, must still conduct their dental practices according to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-19 and the TSBDE’s new amended emergency rule.

***Coming Soon! Updates to All the Drop Down Sections of the Newly Amended Emergency Rule.***

***Coming Soon! Updated COVID-19 Webinar!***
This free on-demand webinar for TDA members will update on Governor Greg Abbott’s recent executive orders impacting dentistry, explain changes to the dental board’s newly amended COVID-19 emergency rule, and answer COVID-19 questions received from member dentists.