As Governor DeWine adapts his response to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, our dentists and other staff will continue to comply with Ohio officials’ direction and prioritize health and safety, above all. Though our offices remain closed for all elective dental and cosmetic treatment, all locations are open for the same quality emergency dental care we have always offered. Our patients can still count on our team for quality care.
We have committed to taking a proactive approach to stop the spread, and have implemented screening procedures for all staff and patients entering any of our facilities. All patients and staff will be screened for a fever by taking temperatures and will be asked if they have had a history of shortness of breath, fever, or cough before entering the treatment areas. We have also removed all coffee stations, magazines, and children’s toys from all of our waiting rooms. In addition, we will sanitize surfaces in all offices in all locations multiple times each day and designate the hours of 1PM to 3PM every Wednesday for our immunocompromised and elderly patients.
For these measures to be effective, we need the cooperation of all patients. We ask that you do not bring any family or friends to your appointments. To further keep with social distancing efforts, patients may wait in their cars after checking into any of our offices.
If you are struggling with severe pain or discomfort in your mouth, the best thing to do is call our offices and receive emergency dental care. However, in the meantime, there are things you can do from home to help alleviate the pain you are feeling.
If you have heightened tooth sensitivity, try a toothpaste that is for sensitive teeth. You can ask your dentist for recommendations. In certain cases, dentists will prescribe a high-fluoride paste for optimal protection. If you are experiencing pain caused by a cavity, gargle with warm salt water to ease the pain. This will act like mouthwash to rinse out particles in between your teeth and in your mouth, but it is also known to reduce swelling.
If you’ve recently had an extraction procedure, it’s important to take it easy and ease back into your regular foods. Eat more soft foods, like mashed potatoes and yogurt, to give your mouth time to heal. If you try to chew hard candies or foods, you may experience pain and could even disrupt the healing process.
All of these tips can help alleviate pain if you need emergency dental care. Also, remember to take medications and antibiotics prescribed by your dentist to help with the healing process. As always, consult your dentist immediately for emergency dental care. We will make sure you receive the treatment you need to start feeling better.