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A 36-year-old member asked:

will the hospital give me pain meds for a really bad toothache?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Behram Dalal
Dentistry 31 years experience
Yes: But you will have to wait for hours in the er waiting room and then have an enormous er bill. Doesn't make sense. Go see a dentist.
Dr. Bruce Terry
Specializes in Endodontics
Yes: Most hospitals will not have dental care on site. They often give antibiotics and pain medication and recommend that you see a dentist as soon as possible.
Dr. Nishan Odabashian
Endodontics 30 years experience
It Depends: If there is an immediate need to alleviate the pain, the hospital may give short term pain meds, and antibiotics if there is an active abscess/swelling. Otherwise, they would refer you to your dentist. Anyways, even if the hospital does give you pain meds, that is not going to take care of the problem long term. It will come back and it will get worse. The best thing to do is see your dentist.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Yes, but...........: If they deem that the pain is severe enough and warrants prescription pain medication, then they will prescribe or dispense some pain medication (and perhaps an antibiotic if they also suspect an infection). However, they rarely have a dentist to see you and therefore the relief will only be temporary. You need to see a dentist as soon as possible.

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Fast acting OTC pain meds for toothache?

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Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Orthodontics 44 years experience
OK, but: it will only give you some comfort until you can get to a dentist

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