This page is to assist Seventh District Members with current information from ADA and NYSDA Guidance, the Center for Disease Control and the NYS Department of Health regarding the COVID-19 / 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

Most Recent Updates

NYSDOH guidance

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has issued the attached COVID-19 guidance for dental offices.  This guidance further explains Governor Cuomo's executive order 202.8 that limited dental offices to providing emergency dental services. NYSDOH has explained the parameters of what are considered emergency services in New York.  Please refer to this NYSDOH guidance document as your primary reference source on what dentists can do through April 19, 2020.

The American Dental Association and the New York State Dental Association have also recommended that dentists postpone elective procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist in “flattening the curve” of the spread of the disease.

At this time, we do not know what the statewide spread of the virus will be in April or what the availability of personal protective equipment will be, which will impact the Governor’s decision to extend or lift executive order 202.8.  NYSDA will be working with the Governor and NYSDOH to recommend a course of action that will protect you, your staff, and your patients.  The NYSDOH guidance was shared and reviewed with NYSDA, and represents the considered public health expert recommendations in New York as to how to define currently allowable procedures in dental offices under executive order 202.8.  Dentists should use their professional clinical judgment in evaluating those cases they consider urgent.  If there is any clinical uncertainty as to the NYSDOH guidance on urgent dental care, both NYSDA and the ADA have clinical experts available to provide assistance to members. Also attached is an ADA guidance on urgent care..

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - Apply today as this is based on a first come first serve basis.

There are a number of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans available to dentist owners. One loan, in particular, is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), which establishes an emergency grant to allow a dental practice that applies for an EIDL loan to receive an advance on that loan of no more than $10,000, which the SBA must distribute within three days. The money may be used to pay for employee sick leave (COVID-19-related), mortgage or rent, and other overhead expenses. The grants would be awarded on a first come first served basis until the $10 billion fund is exhausted, and applicants would not have to repay the $10,000 grant even if they are denied the loan.

Visit the SBA site and learn more about the EIDL loan and other SBA loans.

The Coronavirus and Employment Law: What does this mean for your dental office?

NYSDA has partnered with Feldman Kieffer law firm to bring you ​this on-demand webina​r.

This webinar is available on-demand -- the content has been pre-recorded and is available to view at your convenience.

Matthew S. Feldman, Esq. from Feldman Kieffer will cover:
    -- Protecting employees from COVID-19 exposure.
    -- Addressing a COVID-19 exposure in the workplace.
    -- Managing employee-leave during the pandemic.  (Families First Coronavirus Act)
    -- Cost-saving strategies to mitigate the loss of workforce.
    -- Resources to recover financial losses caused by the pandemic.

This webinar is only available to NYSDA members. Log in is required for viewing.



Practice Management Resources

Emergency Procedures — Dentists

A guide to which procedures are considered emergencies and non-emergencies.

Download the dentist's guide

Emergency Procedures — Patients

Help patients understand when they should — or shouldn’t — make a dental appointment.

Download the patient's guide

Letter to Patients

This template is designed to help you communicate changes to your practice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Download the letter

COVID-19 Coding and Billing Guidance

You may see some patients via teledentistry during the COVID-19 outbreak. This quick guide outlines different billing codes your practice may need to use.

Download the guide

The ADA Code of Ethics and COVID-19

As a result of the pandemic, ethical principles may require different steps than dentists are used to taking. Here’s how the ADA Code of Ethics applies during these extreme circumstances.

Download the ethics guide


The N​ew York State Dental Association ​is following all developments as they arise in regards to COVID-19. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation and information is changing frequently. Find important links regarding COVID-19 below. You may also access information from the New York State Department of Health or call their novel coronavirus hotline for advice at: 1-888-364-3065.
The emergence of a new infectious disease reemphasizes the importance of vigilance relative to all aspects of infection control for Dental Healthcare Workers. Dental specific infection control information may be referenced at the CDC website. 

Most Recent Updates

Governor Cuomo's most recent executive order changes the recommendation that dental offices only respond to emergency services to a NYS mandate. This executive order is in effect through April 19, 2020. This date is subject to change based on further direction from governmental agencies.

As of this Sunday, March 22, you will be in violation if you are treating anything other than emergencies in your office, and can be subject to a fine. 

Governor Cuomo's Executive Order

Today marks a critical day in the Senate as they begin to determine what provisions will be in the final version of the CARES Act, the 3rd Legislative Package that Congress will pass to address the effects of the coronavirus. ​There are a number of provisions in the draft Senate bill that we believe will benefit dentists and dental practices.