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Why Do Dentists Check Blood Pressure During Dental Visits

Posted on 3/22/2021 by office
Why Do Dentists Check Blood Pressure During Dental VisitsLately, more dental clinics have started to check patients' blood pressure before checking their teeth. While this practice is typical at medical clinics, it's being adopted at dental clinics for three important reasons. Here is what you need to know.

Local Anesthesia May Affect Your Blood Pressure

Local Anesthesia is used in various dental procedures to ensure that you experience no pain when the dentist is working on your teeth. However, many local anesthetics have epinephrine to prolong its numbing effect.

Epinephrine can also elevate blood pressure by constricting the blood vessels. Therefore, to prevent any harm to your body, dentists check your pressure beforehand and adjust the amount of local anesthetic to administer. A high dosage of local anesthesia can lead to severe issues in your body if you have a blood pressure problem.

High Blood Pressure Can Pose Problems During Dental Procedures

Many patients experience stress and anxiety during dental procedures. Therefore, we check blood pressure to check for any signs of conditions like hypertension, which is high blood pressure, before a procedure to accommodate the possibility of elevated blood pressure. If proper care is not taken, it can lead to health issues or even a stroke.

Hypertension symptoms are subtle, and they can be overlooked easily. Therefore, a blood pressure check can help determine if you have that condition or not.
Also, as dental checkups are often regular, a blood pressure check can help catch and diagnose the condition before it does extensive damage to your body. Untreated hypertension can lead to cardiovascular problems and diabetes down the line.

For more information on the importance of blood pressure checks during dental visits, or if you need a checkup from an experienced dentist, schedule an appointment by calling us at (425) 738-8476!

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