TSBDE Adopts New COVID-19 Emergency Rule
On February 19, 2021, the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) voted unanimously (2 absentees) to adopt a new COVID-19 emergency rule22 Texas Administrative Code §108.7(16). The new emergency rule is in keeping with Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order (GA-19) dictating the minimum standards for safe dental practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unless Governor Abbott lifts the COVID-19 disaster declarationthe final new COVID-19 emergency rule will be in effect for 120 days. At that time, the dental board will reconvene and decide whether to extend the rule for an additional 60 days.

Highlights of the new emergency rule include:

  • No longer prioritizing that patient care be performed by dental health care personnel not at high risk for contracting COVID-19;
  • No longer requiring the removal of magazines, reading materials, toys, and other objects that may be touched by others;
  • No longer requiring COVID-19 patient screening by phone during scheduling. Patients must still be screened during patient confirmation prior to appointment;
  • Nolonger prohibiting patient companions. Companions should continue to be screened for COVID-19 during patient check-in;
  • No longer recommending a pre-procedure rinse; and
  • Changing the time for a patient to contact the dental office if they experience COVID-19 symptoms from 10 days to 7 days after the dental appointment. 

***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.