With the pandemic spreading like wildfire, dental health clinics have shut down to minimize contact in light of ‘social distancing.’ As the whole world comes to a standstill, many people are inconvenienced, especially related to other health issues and emergency dentistry.
What is important to remember in these testing times is that you are loved and cared for. Even during quarantine, you can reach out to your dentists! While it is important to stay in our houses to flatten the curve of this virus, it is equally important to get help when required. Since you can’t travel, many dental health facilities have opened their arms for valuable patients to help and guide them through any emergency dentistry.
While you can delay your elective dental procedures, emergency dentistry isn’t something that can and should be delayed as it may lead to worsening of existing conditions, and dentists strictly advise against taking self-prescribed medication for two major reasons. Firstly, it may not be suitable for your diagnosis. Secondly, the developing body of research on COVID-19 advises against the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, so kindly don’t take medicine without knowing its properties.
In light of this, the Costa Rica dentists have come up with 3 ways you can reach out to dentists and help receive the best possible treatment, without leaving your house.
In case of a emergency dentistry, like an extreme tooth pain or other, do not panic or take self-prescribed drugs to help alleviate the pain for the aforementioned reasons. Remember, tooth ache and other problems may be linked to several causes. Hence, without a professional diagnosis, you should not proceed with medication.
The best course of action in the event of dental emergency is to contact your dentist via phone. This way, you can receive timely help and prevent the problem from worsening. It is also advised that you reserve your phone calls for dental emergencies only.
If you have recently obtained dental implants or braces, these on-going procedures require dental assistance. With the onset of Coronavirus, your appointments might have been cancelled, giving rise to a number of issues.
In order to effectively deal with them without leaving your house, drop a reminder email or message to your dentists or your dental clinic about the appropriate course of action to take. Your dentist may either advise you reschedule your appointment if the delay will not cause any problems or prescribe the right medication to help with whatever issue you are facing.
In the instance that you are experiencing bleeding gums or any other dental emergency, you can ask your dentist to schedule a video call on Zoom or Skype. With the image in front, your dentist will be able to diagnose the problem better.
This way, you can get timely help and adequate medication for your ailment without physically visiting the dentist.
During these testing times, it is advised you stay in touch with your health professional to receive help through the digital medium, instead of leaving the house. If you have any queries, feel free to contact us.