Lessons Learned in Providing the Safest Dental Visit During Two Pandemics: HIV and COVID-19

Saturday, April 23

8:30 - Noon

3 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA, AUX

About the Course

This presentation will discuss where we stand with SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) and the impact on dentistry. We will discuss the successful implementation for Standard Precautions, based on blood-borne pathogens, to those including transmission-based precautions based on airborne pathogens. The dental community has learned to successfully medically manage complex patients while ensuring that the latest infection control guidelines are being implemented. Vaccination efforts as well as variants of concern will be reviewed. Also covered with be OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards impact on dentistry and the latest information on how to ensure that all dental visits are the safest possible for staff and patients

This session will enable participants to:
•Understand transmission-based infection control precautions and techniques
•Be familiar with the incidence and prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 and HIV in the region
•Discuss what patient management steps were enacted during the peaks of the pandemic
•Be knowledgeable about the latest CDC, OSHA, ADA, ADHA and OSAP guidance.


David Reznik, DDS

David Reznik is the director and founder of the Oral Health Center of Grady Health System’s Infectious Disease Program and serves as Chief of the Dental Medicine Service. Dr. Reznik is president of the HIV Dental Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of concerned health care providers committed to assuring access to dental care for people with HIV. In 2020, he received the Atlanta Business Chronicles Healthcare Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Reznik is the recipient of OSAP’s 2021 Dr. James Crawford Award. This lifetime achievement award recognizes individuals who have made major contributions in science, education or public policy related to dental infection control and patient and provider safety.

Conflict of Interest: None reported.

David Reznik, DDS