The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners has posted on its website the official interpretation of GA-15, Governor Abbott’s latest executive order affecting dentists in the state.
The following is what the TSBDE says on its website
Executive Order GA-15 addresses both licensed health care professionals and licensed health care facilities. The first statement in the order applies to both professionals and facilities, but the exceptions apply only to facilities. Therefore, licensed dental professionals are required to postpone procedures that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without timely performance of the procedure would be at risk for serious medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s dentist. This means that a dental professional may perform procedures that are medically necessary as clarified in the first statement of the order. In addition, dental professionals are directed to follow CDC guidelines when performing those procedures and are directed to follow state and local orders related to social distancing. Click here for Complete April 20, 2020 summary memo with Frequently Asked Questions concerning Executive Order GA-15.:
Restrictions End May 8?
The mentioned FAQ is below and states that the “emergency only” restrictions are continuing until May 8 at least.FAQ-for-GA-15