Welcome to our emergency dental service
By Steven Shi BDSc Hons Melb
We have four surgeries in Sydney to care for your dental emergency. We have a special interest in dental emergency care and are experienced in dealing with diffcult emergency cases including failed root canals, trauma in young children and extensive dental trauma in adults.
Opening Hours: We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 02 9923 1758 to make an appointment
Emergency dental clinic locations
Our head office/main clinic is located at level 1 suite 101/107 Walker St North Sydney (Lower North Shore) however we also have clinics in Drummoyne (Inner West), Manly (Northern Beaches) and Double Bay (Eastern Suburbs).
Do I need to see an emergency dentist ?
Different people visit us for different reasons.
The most common reason for people seeking emergency dental care is a toothache. Dental pain can be extremely debilitating. After attending our clinic, our patients are finally relieved of their extreme pain and are able to continue the rest of their day. Some patients choose to attend our clinic after hours. This may be because they are unable to get out of work during the day. Alternatively, the pain may have started during the evening. Many patients choose to come in after hours rather than attend the next day as it means being able to get a good night's sleep and go to work the next day.
Some patients do not visit the emergency dentist because of pain but because of aesthetics. Some patients have the unfortunate experience of having a front tooth fracture. They may find it unacceptable to go to work the next day without a front tooth and wish for his or her appearance to be restored immediately.
Another common reason for our patients visiting our emergency clinics is the fear that leaving a problem later may result in the problem getting much worse. In many instances, leaving a problem untreated will lead to a worse outcome e.g. spreading infection.
What can I do to relieve my pain?
Sometimes we are called by people asking what they can do themselves to relieve their dental pain. Unfortunately, we cannot safely advise what you can do yourself through this website or over the phone. We have no prior knowledge of your specific medical history and we cannot make an accurate diagnosis over the phone. Some patients will disclose that they have tried everything including copious pain killers and antibiotics and it has not made any difference. Unfortunately, this the nature of some dental problems. The pain will only be relieved through procedural intervention.
What should I tell the emergency dentist
It is absolutely mandatory that you disclose your full medical history. In addition, we will ask you questions such as:
- -How long have you had the pain for?
- -What excerbates the pain?
- -Is the pain constant or does it come and go?
- -What is the location of the pain?
- -How long does the pain linger for?
Is my dental emergency visit going to hurt?
We get many nervous emergency patients who are absolutely terrfied of the dentist. We always try to make our patients as comfortable as possible. If we are able to get you completely numb, which is most of the time, it will be painless. Our injection technique is gentle and often patients comment that they did not feel anything. Unfortunately, there are instances where the patient has left a problem untreated for too long and there is a build up of pus. The pus stops the anaesthetic from working effectively. In such instances, antibiotics may reduce the severity of the infection allowing complete anaesthesia to be achieved.
Is there such a thing as pain free dentistry?
Dentistry can be "pain free" if you elect to go under general anaesthesia. In Australia, general anaesthesia must be performed by an anaesthestist with all the equipment necessary to deal with emergencies. General anaesthesia is generally reserved for very young children. Adults rarely undergo general anaesthesia for dental procedures with the exception of wisdom teeth removal. General anaesthesia carries its own risks including death. Very anxious adults may elect to have conscious sedation. When you undergo conscious sedation you are still awake however you will feel more relaxed and less pain. The issue with conscious sedation is cost and the fact that you need someone to take you home. A common and classic method used to decrease anxiety/pain is the use of laughing gas. Laughing gas is generally safe and affordable. Another alternative is the use of the Penthrox inhaler. The Penthrox inhaler enhances pain relief and can be self adminstered. The most cost effective solution for anxious patients is the use of oral anxiolytics. They are prescribed and taken 1 hour before the procedure. Whether or not dentistry is painful/anxiety inducing depends on the procedure, the patient and what lengths we go to in order to reduce pain/anxiety. The desire for pain free and anxiety free dentistry needs to be balanced by the risks, inconvenience e.g. not being able to drive home and economic cost of additional pain reducing measures. At our emergency dental clinic, we like to inform you of all the options so that you can make the decision that is right for you.
Can I see the emergency dentist if I am pregnant?
Absolutely! We do not take x rays during the first trimester however it is safe to take diagnostic x rays afterwards. The selected medications used by the emergency dentist will not harm you or your unborn. It is riskly to leave a dental problem untreated when you are pregnant.
Is it safe to see the emergency dentist if I am breastfeeding?
Yes, the dentist will ensure that all medicaments used will be safe for your new born.
Disclaimer: Any information provided on this site is for general information purposes only. We do not accept an liability for use of this information. You must see a registered dentist for accurate information about your specific condition.