Quality Health Associates is collaborating with the North Dakota Department of Health’s Oral Health Program and the North Dakota Dental Association to develop and deploy a data collection tool to assess treatment and referral practices for patients who present to the Emergency Room (ER) with tooth pain. The environmental scan will seek to identify:

  • ICD-10 codes for ER visits of tooth pain and oral health
  • ER-related questions to assess practices related to prescribing, referrals, use of patient navigators, and opioid misuse or overdose risk screenings and follow up
  • Dental office-related questions to assess current treatment practices and the potential drives contributing to individuals using ERs for oral/dental health concerns and options for treating acute dental pain
  • Patient-related questions for potential drivers contributing to their use of ERs for their oral/dental health concerns


Funding for this initiative is provided by the North Dakota Department of Health Oral Health Program.