Do not go to the hospital for dental emergencies, here’s what you can do

Due to the high risk of contracting COVID-19, dentists across the country have closed their doors—sending more and more patients to the emergency room.

Doctors and other health officials on the front lines handling the COVID-19 pandemic are asking the public to avoid the emergency room at all costs, for a few reasons.

Hospitals are inundated treating and testing those who have been or might be infected with the illness, so non-essential visits can expose the healthcare workers, you or the hospital patients to COVID-19.

Not to mention, medical experts say they don’t even have the tools and resources to do dental work, they only have the ability to prescribe pain-killers and antibiotics.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t resources. 

If you’re in need of emergency dental assistance, you can contact Monarch Dental offices who have a limited number of locations to manage visits at one of the phone numbers below:

  • 1-888-274-4486
  • 1-800-666-2724
  • 1-800-867-6453

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Key facts to know about coronavirus in Arkansas:

  • 523 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas 
  • 6,482 total tests
  • 5,959 negative test results
  • 8 reported deaths
  • 35 recoveries
  • All public schools are closed until April 17

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