For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC has suspended all non-essential dental services. Dental emergencies are to be assessed by your local dentist over the phone. In order to help as many patients as possible, and maintain the safety of all patients and dental staff, dental emergency treatment can only be provided in clinics with the appropriate personal protection equipment.

View the Current List of Dental Emergency Clinics across BC. Please note that the clinic list will change as the pandemic evolves.

On occasion, a dental problem may arise outside of normal dental office business hours.

What is a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies can have many causes, including accidents, sports-related injuries, tooth decay and infection. You may have a dental emergency if you have any of the following:

  • a traumatic injury to your mouth, jaw or teeth
  • severe pain that you cannot control with over-the-counter pain medication
  • uncontrolled bleeding
  • severe swelling in your mouth, face or neck

NOTE: If you have trouble breathing or your mouth continuously fills with blood, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Also seek an immediate medical assessment if you suffer a head trauma.

Emergency Resources for Patients

Emergency Resource Package

More information on what you should do in the event that this happens to you or a family member can be found in the following Patient Dental Emergency Resource Package (PDF).

Sedation and General Anesthesia

Dental procedures/treatment may require sedation or general anesthesia. Whether or not sedation is used for your specific procedure will depend on a few factors: the nature of treatment; your level of anxiety; and your overall health and medical history. Discuss the sedation options with your dentist to make an informed decision for your health.

Also, learn more about the use of sedation and general anesthesia in treating children.