On occasion, a dental problem may arise outside of normal dental office business hours.
Dental emergencies can have many causes, including accidents, sports-related injuries, tooth decay and infection. You may have a dental emergency if you have any of the following:
NOTE: If you have trouble breathing or your mouth continuously fills with blood, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Also seek an immediate medical assessment if you suffer a head trauma.
More information on what you should do in the event that this happens to you or a family member can be found in the following Patient Dental Emergency Resource Package (PDF).
Dental procedures/treatment may require sedation or general anesthesia. Whether or not sedation is used for your specific procedure will depend on a few factors: the nature of treatment; your level of anxiety; and your overall health and medical history. Discuss the sedation options with your dentist to make an informed decision for your health.
Also, learn more about the use of sedation and general anesthesia in treating children.