Dental Pain During COVID-19? Here are Two Strategies.

During the current pandemic, most people are left without access to their Eugene dentist. Sadly, some of my patients are going to experience varying degrees of dental pain during this crisis, and will wonder what to do. Guidelines state that if dental pain can be managed by over-the-counter pain medications (also known as OTC analgesics), then a patient should not be seen in the dental office for now. And even if they are seen in a dental office for something urgent, our current menu of treatment options is very limited.

So how can someone safely use OTC drugs to their maximum effect if they are experiencing mild-to-moderate dental pain? I'd like to outline two strategies using Advil and Tylenol to answer that question.

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My final parting thoughts: treating dental problems with pain medications is never a good long-term solution.

Obviously, as a dentist, I want to solve dental problems for my patients in a definitive way, like doing that filling a person needs, or covering a broken tooth with a crown. Unfortunately, the current pandemic has made both of those procedures temporarily illegal to perform.

As such, I want everyone to have the tools necessary to keep themselves as healthy and comfortable as possible.

Please also remember that if you are experiencing severe pain despite using the strategies described above, or if you have some other significant dental or mouth-related problem, please reach out.

We're still here for you, and we'll find some way to get you through this crisis. You don't have to suffer needlessly. Visit us at or call 541-688-7278 for instructions on how to connect with us.

And in the meantime, stay happy, healthy, and safe. We at Quest Dental are very much looking forward to the privilege of seeing you in our office again as soon as it’s safe to do so.

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