Some Alberta dentists offer non-emergency care despite COVID-19 public health orders


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Some dental practices in Alberta are challenging COVID-19 orders from the province and the body that regulates dentists to provide services only in emergencies.

In a memo sent Tuesday to members of the Alberta Dental Association and College, the regulatory body said it had received “alarming” reports from dentists posting orders, and asked its members to stop immediately or they will be investigated.

Three of the 20 Edmonton offices contacted by Postmedia on Wednesday agreed to schedule a non-emergency proceeding.

“Despite this commitment to save lives, the ADA & C continues to receive reports from dental laboratories, dental benefit companies and fellow dentists that some Alberta dentists may provide dental services and procedures that do not are not emergency treatments, “said Dr. Randall Croutze, Registrar, in the memo.

“If correct, these actions do not comply with the mandatory suspension of all non-emergency dental services and procedures. This is alarming because it sacrifices the actions that others have taken to save lives. “


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