Emergency Treatment

The following steps are taken for all emergencies:

  • Discontinue dental treatment
  • Activate the office emergency system
  • Call for assistance
  • The oxygen and emergency drug kit are brought to the site of the emergency
  • Attend to the patient
  • Position the patient to ensure an open and unobstructed airway
  • Monitor vital signs
  • Support respiration and circulation
  • Provide definitive treatment
  • Notify 911 if it is determined to be needed2

The following sections will discuss the definitive treatment for the most popular emergencies encountered in the dental office.