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10 Reasons Your Dentist Might Take Your Blood Pressure

April 9, 2018

Dentist talking to patient in dental exam chairDid you know taking your blood pressure a few times a month is an easy way to monitor your health? If you regularly take your blood pressure, you may be aware of an increased risk for common health conditions like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. When you visit the dentist, your blood pressure may be taken to ensure you’re safe and healthy throughout treatment. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the many reasons we take blood pressure at the dentist’s office during simple preventive dentistry visits and the most advanced dental procedures.

10 Reasons Blood Pressure Screening is Important

  • Screening for Hypertension – chronic high blood pressure is called hypertension, and it can cause a number of health concerns.
  • Limit the Effect of Hypertension on the Body – hypertension can lead to a number of whole body health issues like cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • Avoid Hypertensive Crisis – regular screenings allow patients to avoid advanced hypertensive crisis and other serious health issues that come along with high blood pressure.
  • Expose the Reality of “White-Coat Syndrome” – this one may sound a bit silly, but many patients are frightened of visiting the dentists. When we consistently note high blood pressure in otherwise healthy individuals, the reality of this concern is exposed.
  • Avoid Adverse Outcomes for Expectant Mothers – high blood pressure can be indicative of a number of concerns, and if noted during a visit to our office, you may be able to get the care you need before a mild concern turns into a serious problem.
  • Early Diagnosis of Diabetes – if we notice changes in your blood pressure levels, we may refer you to a medical professional for testing to determine whether or not your struggling with chronic health concerns like diabetes.
  • Used in Determining Appropriate Local Anesthetic – patients’ blood pressure levels affect the amount and type of anesthetic we use to keep them pain free during treatment.
  • Avoid Legal Issues – this one is unfortunate but true. We need to legally cover any issues that can arise if there are complications during treatment.
  • Alert us to a Need for Stress Reduction – if your blood pressure rises during treatment, we know right away and can make adjustments for your safety.
  • To Ensure Safety During Advanced Dental Care – we monitor blood pressure frequently throughout advanced treatments and can make adjustments as necessary if there are spikes.

Meet Dr. Quandt

Skilled Green Bay dentist, Scott N. Quandt, DDS, has years of training and experience that allow him to provide patients with a wide range of preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry services in complete safety and comfort. If you’re new to Green Bay or looking for a new dental office, give our skilled dentist and caring dentistry team a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have or schedule a dental appointment for you to visit our team.

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