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How Dentists Train for Emergencies

Emergencies happen all over the place, especially in medicine. Dental medicine is no exception to this, which leaves many people wondering how dentists train for emergencies. While it is clear that there are physicians who train in an emergency medicine residencies, there does not seem to be such a pathway for dentists. Dentists still receive training for emergency medical problems, but the method is different than medical doctor training.

Medical Emergencies

To begin, a medical emergency is something like a bodily injury or an allergic reaction. Emergencies such as these should be covered during a dentist’s clinical training, academic training, and continuing education. The dentist should also impart the knowledge to the staff so that everyone has a role during an emergency. Additionally, a dentist’s training in such emergencies should be enough to keep patients stable until they can be taken to a hospital.

These emergency skills are best reviewed annually because they will not be needed every day. Some offices find it helpful to have emergency drills to reinforce the skills and roles everyone will have during an emergency. Each dental office should have a plan to handle these emergencies. The plan should include prevention, actions to be taken, the location of emergency equipment, and how to recognize patient distress signals.

Depending on the state, it may be illegal to not have emergency equipment and a written plan. Dentists should learn about these laws and fulfill them before they begin to practice. During academic training, dentists should learn how to create a plan and how to handle emergencies. During clinical and continuing training, dentists should get hands on and refreshed experience with medical emergencies.

Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are slightly different from a medical emergency. Dental emergencies will include things like fractured teeth, oral lacerations, or a tooth that has been knocked out of the mouth. Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, so this sort of training is given to all dentists.

During academic training, the dentist will learn techniques through readings and lectures. They may also observe dental emergency procedures. This learning is similar to the type of learning used in schools to teach subjects like English, biology, and history. Academic training ensures that a dentist understands the theory behind handling such procedures.

During clinical training, the dentist gets hands on experience with emergencies. At this time, the dentist will be performing dental emergency procedures under supervision from an established dentist. This sort of learning is similar to trade school education. Clinical training ensures that the dentist not only understands the theory of but also how to perform the techniques of dental emergencies.

Continuing training is the final way a dentist trains for dental emergencies. The dentist will continue to learn new methods for dental emergencies here, and the dentist will also refine current skills. This training should go on throughout a dentist’s career so that the dentist is always on top of the best methods to handle dental emergencies.

In Conclusion

Dentists should train for two types of emergencies. A dentist will need to know how to handle potential medical emergencies, and a dentist will need to know how to handle potential dental emergencies. For both emergencies, the training should come from an academic setting, a clinical setting, and continued education. Through these three areas, dentists are equipped to handle emergency situations. Check out our page on how we handle dental emergencies.

You can also see our page on some of the different types of emergency dental procures here.