Pennsylvania reverses dental restrictions, allows emergency procedures

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The Pennsylvania Health Department adjusted its dental restrictions after facing backlash from dentists claiming the March 22 order prevented even emergency procedures, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The new rules, issued March 26, allow patients experiencing an emergency to undergo a phone evaluation with a dentist and come in for treatment if necessary.

The initial order required dentists to conduct emergency procedures in negative-pressure rooms and wear personal protective equipment, including N95 respirators. Under the March 26 rule, dentists still must wear a respirator mask, but don't need to work in a negative-pressure room.

Routine cleanings and non-emergency procedures in Pennsylvania are still prohibited under CDC guidelines.

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