Yeah, dental emergencies are unfortunate, but I wouldn't say they're super common. But for us, we will get you in ASAP. If we're open, come on in. We will work you in. We will do whatever it takes to get that tooth taken care of, whether it's a crown, a filling, you just want the tooth pulled, a root canal, those sorts of things. We make sure that the patient is taken care of that day and out of pain. And if for some reason we can't do the treatment in our office, we will do everything we can to find a specialist within driving distance that you can get to, that will see you that day and get you out of pain.
If it happens to be a weekend and we're not open, I have a 24-hour emergency phone that people can call and talk to me. They can text me. They can get a hold of me any number of ways, and typically I get back to people within 30 to 40 minutes. I will triage it on the phone. If it's something that needs to be dealt with right away, there are a lot of different things. If I know the situation, if I know the patient, I can call in medication and antibiotics. If it's somebody I've never met before, then a lot of times we like to see you in our office for the first visit before creating that relationship. So if you're a new patient and you have a dental emergency, we'd like to see you in the office. If you're an existing patient and you have a dental emergency, I can deal with that myself.
Everyone has heard the terrible stories about someone having an emergency and having to go to the emergency room. You may have even experienced this yourself! When you get to the emergency room, you are ushered into a dreary, cold, uncomfortable waiting room where you’ll be forced to wait for hours on end while your emergency is left untreated. At Oregon Smile Care Center, we know about this unfortunate occurrence, and that is why Dr. Sean Hanson makes it a point to treat your dental emergency right away! When your dental emergency arises, we’ll always be there for you!
We have a number for you to call that will prompt immediate action from Dr. Hanson and his staff. We want to be available to you during all hours of the day, every day! When you contact us, we will first speak on the phone to determine your level of emergency and pain. After we ask you a few questions, we will either tell you that it’s best to see you at the first available time for Dr. Sean Hanson, or, if the dental emergency is pressing enough, we will see you right away at our dental office in Salem, OR.
Preparing Yourself For A Dental Emergency
When a dental emergency happens, you’ll need a plan just in case you can’t transport yourself to our Salem, OR office. Sometimes, it may not be safe to drive yourself if you’re in excruciating pain because you may place other lives in danger by driving when you shouldn’t. If you’re not sure if you’re suffering from a dental injury that should be considered an emergency, call us at Oregon Smile Care Center, and we’ll talk you through the situation to determine if it is an emergency. We will have the answers to your questions about what classifies as a dental emergency.
Some things to keep in mind when you have a dental emergency:
When you search the Salem, OR area for a dental practice that’ll be prepared for your dental emergency like Oregon Smile Care Center will, your search will be a short one because there are very few like us. We care about our patients, and it shows through our unwavering service. If you have a dental emergency, call Oregon Smile Care Center at (503) 837-2718. For non- dental emergencies, you can also use our online contact form. We can help you at any hour with your dental emergencies Salem, OR area!