We are excited for the opportunity to welcome back our patients and staff! With everyone's safety in mind during this unusual time, we have taken great care in implementing a comprehensive set of new protocols to ensure the lowest possible risk of disease transmission that follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A comprehensive list of changes to our office can be found here.
We look forward to seeing everyone again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
We certainly understand if you get upset when faced with an unexpected dental emergency. However, you will only make things worse if you take on this attitude. To call us panic-stricken makes it difficult for us to properly help you. Therefore, any dental emergency must be handled with a calm resolve.
Measures to Take
A dental emergency can take one of various forms. Sometimes, a patient cracks a tooth and needs to call our office. If this happens to you, tell us what happened. If you have swelling, prepare an ice pack and place it on your face next to the site. Also, quiet any pain with a preferred pain reliever. In some cases, an emergency may involve a toothache or abscess. Again, this is not the time to panic, as you want to ensure you get the necessary help. If you have a toothache or abscess, you need to take a pain reliever and use a cold compress to reduce the swelling and lessen the pain. If you panic, you won't have your wits about you to respond properly.
Stay Positive and Focused
When you are in the midst of a trying situation, that is when you need to stay positive and focused. That is the best way to handle an emergency and to remain level-headed. While it may be easier said than done, it is much better to be proactive instead of reactive when you need to handle any unexpected event. Whether you need to call us about toothache pain or wish to schedule a consultation, we can help. And the best way you can help us assist you is to stay calm. You don't need to suffer from dental anxiety. Take several deep breaths, if necessary. You should always know some methods for de-stressing if you feel on the verge of panic. Remember to stay focused so you can take the measures, step-by-step, to ensure a successful outcome.