IHS DOH recommends consulting with your clinic’s/hospital’s facility engineers and environmental health officer in regards to air filtration, laminar air flow and airborne isolation rooms.
When urgent or emergency dental care is needed, use engineering controls to shield dentistry workers, patients, and visitors from potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2. This includes easily decontaminated physical barriers or partitions between patient treatment areas (e.g., curtains separating patients in semi-private areas).
If dental offices are equipped with the capability, use local exhaust ventilation to capture and remove mists or aerosols generated during dental care.
If possible, use directional airflow, such as from fans, to ensure that air moves through staff work areas before patient treatment areas—not the reverse. A qualified industrial hygienist, ventilation engineer, or other professionals can help ensure that ventilation removes, rather than creates, workplace hazards.