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AHRQ Stats: Emergency Care for Dental-Related Conditions

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Emergency department visits for dental-related conditions totaled more than 2 million in 2018. The highest rates of visits were among non-Hispanic Black individuals (1,362 per 100,000 population), people ages 18 to 44 (1,107), and those living in the lowest-income communities (1,069).

This Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief – Emergency Department Visits Involving Dental Conditions, 2018 – presents statistics on ED visits involving dental conditions using weighted estimates from the 2018 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS). Characteristics of dental-related ED visits, including visits that result in discharge from the ED (treat and release) and visits that result in admission to the hospital, are presented. The most common dental conditions are identified by type of ED visit. For ED visits with a dental condition as a secondary diagnosis, the most frequent first-listed or principal nondental conditions are presented.

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