A dental emergency is defined as uncontrolled bleeding, swelling, traumatic injury, or uncontrolled severe pain relating to the oral cavity.
In the event of a dental emergency, it is important to receive immediate attention. Here are several options to consider: Contact our office (209) 850-9229; Urgent Care; your local Emergency Room, or another dentist competent in emergency treatment.
For severe bleeding bite down on gauze or apply firm pressure to the area until a professional is able to take over.
For severe swelling where the orbit or airway are affected, antibiotics are more than likely needed. Going to a local emergency room is highly recommended.
For severe pain (where OTC drugs aren’t sufficient), a prescription drug may be necessary. As of October 2, 2018, all licensed prescribers must use The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), maintained by the Department of Justice (DOJ). It is a platform that tracks all Schedule II – IV controlled substances dispensed to patients in California. Once the patient’s information is submitted, a written prescription can be dispensed if deemed necessary by the doctor. Your general dentist, Urgent Care Facility, and Emergency Room can all assist with this.