Hopefully, you’ll never experience a dental emergency. Unfortunately, though, one in six Americans will suffer from one every year. Should that occasion arise, you want to be prepared by finding the right emergency dentist who will meet all your needs. Since most dentists have become solely emergency dentists due to COVID-19, now is more important than ever for you to find the correct one. Here are five qualities you should look for when seeking emergency dental care.
1. Same-Day Appointments
When you’re suffering through a dental crisis, you need to know that you can see a dentist as soon as possible. Some dental emergencies can’t wait until the next day or week. A knocked-out tooth can’t even wait until the next hour. You can’t always expect them to pick up if the office is closed, but the right dentist will always try their best to accommodate you during regular business hours.
2. Extended Hours
Many dentists are open Monday through Friday during normal hours, but those who are open on Saturdays or later during the week are really going above and beyond, especially when it comes to emergency care. If you develop a sudden toothache or break your tooth on a Friday night, you won’t have to wait all the way until Monday for treatment.
3. Sedation Options
During a dental emergency, you’ll probably be anxious and in pain. One way to kill both of those birds with one stone is through sedation dentistry. If you’re too upset or in too much pain to remain calm during your appointment, a sedation dentist can administer either nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation to soothe your worries and allow you to get the care you need, anxiety-free.
4. Plenty of Credentials
Most dental practices will have some kind of “about the dentist” page on their website that lists their qualifications and education. Look for experience treating dental emergencies. Also, examine what kind of emergency treatment they provide on their “emergency” page if they have one.
5. Calm and Caring Demeanor
If you are already stressed out due to your dental emergency, the last thing you want to deal with on top of that is a dental team that makes you feel worse by setting you on edge. Pay attention to the way the staff greets you over the phone. Do they listen to your needs or do they try to talk over you? Do they do their best to get you in for an appointment as soon as possible? If you feel like they don’t genuinely care for you and your emergency, it might be best to take your business elsewhere.
Dental emergencies are no fun, but finding the right dentist can make the situation bearable. When in doubt, remember these five qualities when choosing an emergency dentist.
About the Author
Dr. Walter K. Kulick is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He maintains active memberships in the American Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association. His practice in Coral Springs, FL is open late on weekdays and also offers Saturday hours, as well as sedation options to ease your anxieties about treatment. If you find yourself with a dental emergency, don’t be afraid to contact Dr. Kulick’s office by calling (954) 341-0500.