Why We Take Blood Pressure
Your mouth isn’t a separate entity from the rest of your body—your oral health is dynamically related to your overall health, and blood pressure is an important health indicator!
High blood pressure—or hypertension—is quite significant when it comes to dental health, especially if you’re on a blood-pressure regulating medication. Hypertension drugs often have side effects such as “dry mouth,” which can lead to an increase in tooth decay if not treated properly.
Your Blood Pressure Changes During the Day
Blood pressure lowers when you sleep and rises when you get up. It can rise when you’re nervous, excited, or active. There’s also a phenomenon known as “White Coat Syndrome,” meaning your blood pressure rises when you’re in the presence of a health-care professional—and for many people, going to the dentist is a key trigger!
We understand these things and take them into account when taking your blood pressure. One elevated reading doesn’t indicate a problem; however, multiple high readings are cause for concern and indicate the need to see a physician.
May Affect Your Appointment
Stage 1: Depending on your readings and the dental service planned, we may proceed with your scheduled dental appointment but recheck your blood pressure during your visit.
Stage 2: We will reschedule your dental appointment once you have seen a medical doctor and your blood pressure has stabilized to an acceptable level.
Stage 3: We will insist on your seeing a medical doctor immediately because Stage 3 levels of blood pressure are life threatening. No further appointments will be scheduled until your blood pressure is under control.