When it comes to coping with emergencies, planning ahead can save you a lot of time, as well as headaches. For dental emergencies, these often occur out of normal practice hours which means that you need to prepare for the eventuality that you or your family may require emergency treatment. The first place that you can start is to look at the health.nsw.gov.au website, which has a lot of information covering Sydney and the surrounding state of NSW. It does not take a lot of time or effort to research what to do in the event of an emergency, and you can even do most of it from the comfort of home!
Take Your Dentist’s Advice
If you already have a dentist in Sydney, or anywhere else in the state, the first step is to speak to them directly. You will want to ask them if they offer an emergency out-of-hour service, and if this is something they do not provide, which service they can recommend. Your dentist will be able to give you advice on the best service in your local area to use. As well as speaking to your dentist, it is also a good idea to talk to any friends and family that have used emergency dental services in the past, and see how they rated the dental practice that they used out of hours.
What Makes A Dental Emergency?
It is also worth your time and effort to educate yourself as to what consists of a dental emergency. If a child’s baby tooth falls out or you have a toothache, this can usually wait until the following day during regular practice hours. However, if you have a crown or a tooth fall out, you may wish to get this seen to as quickly as possible which will also help to prevent any infection. A chipped or broken tooth may also be considered a dental emergency, although it does depend on how bad the damage is to the tooth. You can spend a significant amount of money on out of hours’ service, so if it is possible to wait till normal dental surgery hours without doing further damage, you may wish to do so.
Have A Plan
We all know the way to our local hospital, and it should be the same in the case of a dental emergency. When you have decided on which emergency dentist in Sydney your family will use, you will want to keep all of their details in a handy place. You will want to have the telephone number, as well as the address ready to hand, making it easy to find in the case of emergency. Also, make sure that all of the adults in the household know where the information is and what to do in the event of an emergency.
Prevention Is Best
Although you cannot always stop potential accidents from happening, you can help to reduce the likelihood of requiring an emergency dentist by taking good care of your teeth. Prevention is better than cure, and you should brush your teeth regularly and eat a healthy diet. It is also good to plan for emergencies!