The same dilemma for dentists exists for patients as well regarding the delivery of emergency dental care.
It seems our patient base has become one of recurring emergency care.
Our dental team acknowledges you should be careful what you wish for in your life.
The more problematic the economy, the harder it becomes for patients to afford quality dental care that resolves their concerns.
There are those left outside of traditional health care who find themselves spending tremendous sums of income seeking services for dental concerns in hospital emergency rooms.
On average we have listened to patients who let us know what they spend on emergency hospital visits after dental offices have closed.
Major medical plans will pay a portion of a dental emergency if you are willing to spend a considerable amount of time waiting to see a physician.
The emergency room will refer you to an oral surgeon or general dentist based upon your symptoms after providing prescriptions for antibiotics and pain pills.
No one wants to spend half the night in a hospital emergency room after a busy day at work with aspirations to get up and doing it again within a few hours.
Patients who are unable to take off work usually find themselves forced to deal with a dental emergency when the pain rockets through the roof.
Our workforce reports staggering numbers in reference to time away from work because of emergency dental care.
In most instances our dental team has been able to relieve pain and suffering getting the patient back to work in short order.
Employers appreciate the prompt service and so do patients who enjoy their jobs and the responsibility of being dependable with minimal downtime.
Definitive care has not been so much a problem where employers offer dental benefits.
Employees without dental coverage appear to get caught off guard when dental emergencies reduce their ability to function because of issues with pain in the work place.
Dentists who understand this dilemma find a way to work emergency patients into their schedules.
Patients who understand the dentist they call upon and accepts them as a patient is usually working the patient into a tight schedule.
Patience is desired from the patient who fares much better in a dental emergency room than a hospital emergency room.
This is a dilemma for dentists who want to assist the patient desiring emergency services.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
A.L. Clark, D.D.S. http://www.dentist4you.biz