There are a number of different reasons why you might need an emergency dentist, and we’ll explore them here. But the most important consideration is to effectively and quickly alleviate your pain. Please don’t hesitate to call us. Dr. Dennis will see you today, even if you are not an established patient. And we provide effective sedation, so if you are afraid of the dentist, we can alleviate your fear.
Our Approach to Emergencies
Dr. Dennis knows what it is like to be afraid of going to the dentist, because she is an anxious patient as well. She understands that sometimes this fear can lead to neglect and other dental problems. Rest assured. You will not be lectured or talked down to. Instead, we will treat you with the respect you deserve and the care you need.
When you arrive, Dr. Dennis will begin with a problem-focused examination to determine the cause of your pain. The treatment will most likely be palliative in nature, meaning that it will be only a quick temporary solution that will eliminate your pain, pending permanent treatment at a later date. She will use digital x-rays and a clinical inspection.
Possible Reasons for Needing an Emergency Dentist
Sometimes fear can make a simple problem seem insurmountable. Don’t assume the worst. Many dental emergencies are solved with a simple procedure. Toothaches can be caused by infections resulting from decay that has passed through the enamel and dentin layers to the inner pulp of the tooth. Gum infections and periodontal abscesses will also cause toothaches. Impacted wisdom teeth and cracked teeth are also possible culprits.
The most important thing to remember is that we understand your anxieties and will be gentle with you. Even if you were to need root canal treatment, there are new, state-of-the-art methods and technology, and many patients are surprised about how easy the treatment is.
And finally, if you are still anxious about a visit to the dentist, we offer nitrous oxide sedation, which will relax you and help you be comfortable. It’s very convenient, and you’ll be able to drive home. Or, if you wish, we can provide Xanax or Valium to take before your appointment. These will leave you feeling relaxed and unafraid, and only require that you have someone to drive you home from your appointment.