October 2, 2017
Like any pressing medical issue, dental emergencies can be very jarring and disorienting in the moment. It is easier said than done, but if you have injured your smile, try not to panic. Manage any pain you may be feeling using the tips below, then call Dental Care Center of South Kansas City at 816-399-5539 right away to get compassionate, gentle care in a dental emergency!
Dr. Gregory A. Stiver and our friendly team will do everything we can to get you a same-day appointment at our Kansas City, MO dentist office. If your dental emergency is causing you to bleed and you are unable to stop it, visit your local emergency room right away. You can follow up with us for restorative dentistry services later.
During our normal office hours, both new and existing patients can take advantage of same-day dental emergency appointments. In most cases, existing patients can also benefit from night and weekend emergency dental care. If you are in need of emergency dentistry at a time when our office is normally closed, we will page Dr. Stiver for you.
With our help, you’ll get out of pain fast and get your smile repaired so it’s good as new. But you should also do your part to be prepared for dental emergencies. Just like you have a first aid kit in your home, you should invest in a few items to address oral injuries. Here are a few things you should include in your dental emergency kit:
- A dental mirror
- Nitrile gloves
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swabs
Now you may be looking at this list and wondering “How is a dental mirror supposed to relieve my pain?” All of the items listed above can be crucial in addressing many types of dental emergencies, but for suggestions for managing pain, read below.
Learn Ways To Relieve Pain In A Dental Emergency
You don’t have to be an athlete that participates in contact sports to experience a dental emergency. You could be at a movie with your family enjoying some fresh popcorn and accidentally bite down on an unpopped kernel. Or perhaps you love chewing on ice and have ignored advice not to do so – until eventually you chomp down on a cube and feel a sharp pain.
One thing that most people have on hand at home is a bottle of over-the-counter pain relievers. Taken as directed, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can do wonders for mild pain. Be aware of any potential effects other than pain relief. For example, Aspirin is also a blood thinner and may not be your best option if you’re bleeding.
You can also use an ice pack to help numb pain and reduce swelling. This is a good drug-free way to address pain and prevent the situation from taking a worse case form in terms of swelling and inflammation later.
To rinse away any irritants in your mouth, you can also make a simple saline solution using salt and warm water. This won’t treat your dental pain directly, but it will help clean it your mouth some so the problem won’t have as good of a chance of getting worse.
Another option for getting some relief from dental pain until you can visit our Kansas City, MO dental office is by applying a small amount of benzocaine to the affected area. Be sure to read the instructions before applying. Used appropriately, benzocaine can numb your injury temporarily.
Depending on your situation, once you arrive at our dental office, we can apply an anesthetic and potentially offer dental sedation as well. Not only will this relieve dental anxiety you may be feeling, it can also make you more comfortable so we can get to work repairing your chompers. We offer a few different options for dental sedation, including:
- Nitrous oxide dental sedation, more commonly referred to as “laughing gas”
- Oral conscious sedation in pill form
- IV sedation
We’ll carefully assess your injury and medical history to help determine if dental sedation would be helpful in your situation. Our team is highly trained in administering and monitoring dental sedation for our patients.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, get the patient-centered, professional help you deserve by calling Dental Care Center of South Kansas City at 816-399-5539 right away. You can also stop by our Kansas City, MO dentist office in person during normal business hours. If your situation is less pressing, you can use our online form to schedule or ask questions.