It can often be hard for patients to describe dental pain. But, by following a simple set of guided questions you can quickly and easily find the key information you need to help assess dental pain.
A great way to do this is using SOCRATES.
Site: where is the pain?
Onset: what triggers it?
Character: how does the pain feel?
Radiate: does it feel as if it’s spreading?
Association: Is there anything else caused by the pain?
Time: how long does it last? Is there a pattern?
Exacerbation: anything that makes it worse or better?
Severity: scale of 1-10 how painful is it?