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Steps To Take When You Need An Emergency Dentist

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by Dr. Peter Tomaselli

Accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. In some cases, emergency situations occur outside of regular operating hours for many of your health care professionals. Keeping calm is the only way to navigate the situation easily, and the best way to determine the best course of action is to find you or your loved one treatment. Knowing what to do in an emergency situation will help you remain calm. The following are steps to take when you need an emergency dentist in Chicago if an emergency does occur.

Step #1: Call Your Regular Clinic

If you are currently the patient of any dental clinic in the area, give them a call, regardless of the time of day. Some clinics have an emergency dental clinic available, while others may leave the contact information for an emergency dentist on their outgoing messages. Calling ahead is a good idea because it means that your records will likely be communicated between the two dentists treating you with ease, removing the stress and worry about receiving conflicting medical advice.

Step #2: Ask Around

Active individuals, especially those engaged in contact sports, may have already been in your situation before. Don’t worry about being abrupt or rude with a brief text or call to ask for a recommendation; most people understand that time is of the essence when it comes to a dental emergency. If you do not know anyone who would have been in need of urgent dental services, take a quick look online.

Step #3: Call In Advance

You should always take the time to call a clinic in advance of showing up, even if it is an emergency situation. An advanced call can warn the dental office that you are arriving and can tell them the nature of your emergency. If the clinic happens to be a very busy one, the voicemail message may give you valuable information, such as what documentation to bring with you. Chicago Smile Design offers emergency dental services to our clients. Existing patients benefit from a 24-hour paging service. If you have a dental emergency don’t wait, call us right away so that we can treat your situation as soon as possible.  

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