Recent Trends in Hospital Emergency Department Visits

During the COVID-19 pandemic or other public health crises, patients who visit hospital emergency departments (EDs) for non-traumatic dental conditions (NTDCs) can divert critical resources and create added stress for ED personnel.

Moreover, most hospitals lack the ability to provide appropriate care for NTDCs, and the typical cost of such ED visits is much higher than a patient receiving care from a dental provider. These realities make it important to monitor the ED trends for these visits. In addition, these trends often reflect changes in Americans’ access to dental care. 

Explore CareQuest Institute's visual report to learn more about our key findings.