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Why Do Dentists Check Blood Pressure?

Posted on 3/7/2022 by Summit Dental Group
Why Do Dentists Check Blood Pressure?Your dentist has to take your blood pressure whenever you go for dental checkups or procedures. The dentist wants to be sure that your blood pressure is under control. Your dentist can do this by asking you a few questions about your health and getting you to give a blood pressure reading yourself. He will then check if there are any changes from the readings you have given him. The blood pressure test really helps your dentist know if you have any medical condition before performing any dental procedures on you. Some of the most common reasons why a blood pressure test is necessary are:

To Ensure Dental Procedures Are Successful

For you to qualify for any dental procedure, your blood pressure has to be under control. This is because your oral health is connected to your heart, and any pain you feel during dental work can make your pressure rise. This can be dangerous as it could lead to heart attack or even stroke. Therefore, your dentist will need to take your blood pressure to make sure that your health is not in danger. Any problems with your pressure levels can be treated as soon as dental procedures begin. Sometimes your blood pressure might rise because you are afraid of dental procedures. In this case, your dentist will use sedatives or anesthesia to calm you down.

Know How Much Anesthesia to Use

When your dentist takes your blood pressure, he may also want to determine how much anesthesia he should use. Sometimes local anesthesia can cause your blood pressure to rise and pose risks to your heart health. The dentist can therefore use your blood pressure results to determine whether he should use local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is pain-free and can be used when there is little risk to your heart or blood vessel. General anesthesia is used in serious cases and is more effective in taking care of your blood vessels.

Your dentist will tell you if you need local or general anesthesia, depending on your dental health. Call us today for more information about your blood pressure and oral health.

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