Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays. For more COVID related information click here.

When to See an Emergency Dentist

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When it comes to your dental health, it’s not always easy to tell if you have an emergency on your hands or not. After all, any kind of dental issue can cause a whole lot of stress and worry. While we truly hope you don’t need emergency dentistry, we do want you to know what situations might call for it so that you’re fully prepared if the time comes.

Urgent Dental Concerns

So what counts as a dental emergency and what doesn’t? Anything that requires immediate treatment in order to protect your wellness and/or save your tooth is an emergency. For example, a loose permanent tooth, whether or not it’s painful, is considered an emergency because adult teeth should not fall out. Another example is a tooth that has been knocked out, maybe due to a mouth injury. By acting fast, it’s possible to save this natural tooth. Other common dental emergencies include an abscess (a serious tooth infection), a severe toothache, and a broken tooth that has caused nerve damage.

What About a Toothache?

Many people wonder if a toothache counts as a dental emergency. Compared to the situations we just mentioned, a toothache might not seem as serious. The fact of the matter is, if your tooth pain is severe and ongoing, that can also require a trip to the emergency dentist. Tooth pain might be the result of an infection, especially if it includes swollen gums and increased tooth sensitivity. Infection can become serious if ignored.

You Can Count on Stono Dental Care

When it comes to dental emergencies, the faster you act the better the outcome. At Stono Dental Care, our caring team always wants to be there when you and your smile need us. We offer emergency dental care at our Johns Island practice to get you back to tip-top shape ASAP. Given the current pandemic, please visit our Facebook page to stay updated about when we’re open for emergency dental care. You can also call our office at (843) 203-0323.

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Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays

Over the next few weeks, we will slowly start to reopen our practice. As most of you know, most dental problems get worse overtime, and we want to treat dental issues before they become bigger problems. We want to ensure our patients that we are taking COVID-19 (and all infectious diseases) seriously and are adding extra precautions to protect you and our team.

We are offering special hours and accommodations for our senior and high-risk patients:

  1. Special hours: We are reserving 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays for our seniors and high-risk patients.
  2. Mobile check-in: There will be no need for you to come into the waiting area. When you arrive, text 843-779-9096 or call 843-203-5429 to let us know that you are here. We will come to your car, bring you in the side door, and take you directly into a treatment room.
  3. First in room: You will be the first patient using the treatment room in at least 36 hours, since we are not normally open on the weekends or Wednesdays.
  4. Paperwork: Any paperwork that you need to complete will be sent to you via email or text so that you can complete it on your own device. We will also allow you to complete the paperwork in the treatment room using paper or a disinfected iPad.
  5. Mask: If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you to enter and exit the office. Our team will keep masks on when we are within 6 feet of you. Since we will be wearing masks, please forgive us if it makes communication harder and please know that we are still smiling underneath.
  6. Closed rooms: Each of our treatment rooms are closed with walls and doors and have their own air return vent. Closed rooms are very effective at keeping potential diseases from spreading from room-to-room.
  7. Check-out: The check-out process will be performed in the treatment rooms. After you are finished, you will leave the office through the side door and avoid the waiting area.
  8. Additional screenings: We will be screening all patients and team members for travel, symptoms associated with COVID-19, and contact with anyone showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The temperatures of all patients and team members will be recorded.
  9. Mouth rinse: All patients will use a mouth rinse to destroy viruses and kill bacteria before treatment.
  10. Limit office traffic: We will require all non-essential families/friends to stay at home or wait in their vehicles during appointments.
  11. Infection control: We will continue our normal practice of following universal precautions, as we always do. This means after every patient, the room will be disinfected with chemicals that have been shown to be effective against the coronavirus in 30 seconds (Optim1), the instruments will be sterilized, and our team will continue to wear appropriate protective equipment such as mask and gloves.
  12. Addition cleaning: More frequent sanitation processes for the reception area and bathrooms.
  13. Suctions: As many of you know, we have always used special suctions. Not only do these suctions isolate the area being worked on and protect patient, they also prevent the spread of disease.
  14. Clean air: We have added additional air purification systems to our office.
  15. Stono Dental Care is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team. Thank you for your patience and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Take care,
Andy Game, DMD, MBA

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