(Albany, NY) – Dentists across the State of New York are calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to rescind his emergency order limiting dental practices to emergency and urgent care and to expedite and immediately approve Department of Health guidelines allowing dental offices to provide comprehensive service to their patients. New York dental offices have been limited to emergency and urgent care since March 20 due to concerns related to COVID-19. That means that patients have not had full access to dental care for more than 60 days.
The New York State Dental Association (NYSDA), in a letter to the Governor today, seeks immediate attention to the pressing need to provide patients with access to full dental care. The association and its 12,000 members are expressing grave concerns not only to the Governor’s office but also the Department of Health and state legislators that continuing these limitations will have a negative impact on overall patient health and on the future viability of dental offices. With the flattening of the curve and the imminent implementation of state guidelines for enhanced safety practices, NYSDA is urging that all dental offices be allowed to open immediately and not wait for phased openings and further delays.
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