Checkups and cleanings may be on hold, but dentists can provide emergency dental care during the pandemic, helping families avoid potential long-term health issues that can be caused by delaying treatment. But who is open, and are they accepting new patients? Here’s how to quickly handle a dental emergency thanks to a free Dentist Directory by DentalPlans.com.
Skip Calling Around
DentalPlans.com, America’s #1 online marketplace for dental and health savings plans surveyed its network of more than 100,000 dentists nationwide to verify which practices are open for emergency care in the Houston Metro area. So instead of calling around while simultaneously soothing a hurt child, parents can find a local dentist who has confirmed they’re open for emergencies and accepting new patients using the directory. The tricky part is done for you!
Enter Your Zip & Search
Good news! You don’t have to sift through a bunch of dentists that are temporarily closed to find an open one. No searching for needles in the haystack here! The directory has launched a new feature that indicates open offices with a badge that reads, Verified Open for Emergencies. And to speed things up further, you can check the ‘Emergency’ box when searching so it only shows dentists with this status.
And unlike calling around, the directory is available 24/7.
Click here to view the directory. And keeping reading if you want to save money too!
Contact with Confidence
Each dentist listing includes their name, contact information, location, and any specialty, such as pediatric dentistry, orthodontics and more. Choose the best dentist for your needs and give them a call to book your appointment. And, you can call with confidence knowing they’re ready to treat your family’s dental emergency.
Saving on Your Emergency
The directory is free and available to anyone. You do not need to have a dental savings plan through DentalPlans.com. But if you’re like many families right now and looking for ways to save, each dentist listing includes a list of the dental savings plans they accept.
These plans are an alternative to traditional dental insurance and can save plan members 10-60% on most dental procedures, including emergency procedures (and preventive care such as cleanings, check-ups and even braces for future).
All of the dentists in the directory accept one or more dental savings plans.
Houston Family readers can save 25% off any dental savings plan with code Houston25
And since emergencies don’t wait, DentalPlans.com makes sure you don’t either. Many plans can be activated and used in just one business day.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
The American Dental Association is advising dentists to take certain precautions.
• The number of people allowed in the waiting room is likely to be limited
• You may be asked about your current health and your temperature may be taken
• You may be required to wear a face covering in the waiting room or be asked to wait outside (or in your car) until the dentist is ready for you
When you call to make your appointment, ask about the precautions they’re taking. It can help you and your child prepare for a different experience at the dentist, especially if your child tends to be nervous at the dentist to begin with.
Wondering: Is This Really an Emergency?
Here is a list of what constitutes a dental emergency from the American Dental Association.