Sign up to help with ER diversion for patients without a dentist
Earlier this week I contacted local dental society leaders asking for help compiling a list of dentists who are willing to treat emergency patients who do NOT have a dentist.
The state has created a plan to divert dental emergency patients from hospital emergency rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic (you can find my message about this by clicking here
The current plan includes the following:
- Dentists form a critical part of the health care team and are essential personnel.
- All dental offices should be on call for emergency dental services to either take care of absolute emergencies or direct the patient to appropriate providers.
- All dentists should have the list of specialists in their area that are on call for emergency treatment.
- Any patient that arrives at any ER (emergency room) or Urgent Care center will be triaged at entry and directed to call their dentist.
- Any dentist who is contacted will determine the best approach for their patient to get care.
- The dentist/specialist will address the emergency and provide appropriate treatment and follow-up instructions.
- We hope to have multiple locations in every large metropolitan area – with dentists and specialists (oral surgeons, endodontists etc.) on call to treat emergencies of those patients without a dental home.
- Patients without a dental home will be provided the locations where emergency dental care is available.
In an effort to complete the plan, the Ohio Dental Association is compiling a list of dental offices, both general dentists and specialists, as well as dental clinics prepared to treat dental emergency patients who do not currently have a dentist of record. The ODA is asking those who wish to treat dental emergency patients who are not their patient of record, and may not have dental insurance, to add their name to the “ODA’s Dental Emergency Dental Care Provider List for Patients without a Dentist of Record.” To add a name to the ODA’s list, click on the link below.
The deadline to add names to the ODA’s list is April 10, 2020. The final list will be shared publicly during the state of emergency.
The ODA believes this process will prevent the over-crowding of ERs with dental emergencies and provide a source of appropriate care and follow-up.
Sharon K. Parsons, DDS
Ohio Dental Association