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Old 12-14-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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I went in today for a dental appointment that was suppose to be a check up only. The first thing they did was take my blood pressure. I have always had some kind of panic disorder, I freak out whenever I see a blood pressure cuff. My reading was 150/100 which I know is ridiculous, but this happens every time that stupid cuff wraps my arm. I guess this dentist won't do a cleaning or cavity fill if your blood pressure readings are a certain level? Is this the standard today, how would I go about finding a dentist that doesn't check BP. I hope I don't have to go my whole life without a cleaning and getting 1 cavity filled.
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Old 12-14-2015, 01:33 PM
 
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My dentist has begun to do that, too. They refused to clean my teeth last appointment because my bp was too high. However, they did say that if my primary care doctor would write a note saying to go ahead regardless of bp reading, they would do it. Maybe yours will, too: it's worth checking into.

I'm thinking it's some kind of a liability issue - bottom line.
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Old 12-14-2015, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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My dentist says there are several benefits for checking the blood pressure and one important one is if you haven't been checked for awhile it could indicate some heart problems and they recommend you see your primary or cardiologist.
Another is if it's too high and you need to have extensive work done your BP may accelerate to a dangerous level and that's a liability situation.
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Old 12-14-2015, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Scott County, Tennessee/by way of Detroit
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My dentist in Michigan did it but with some FLIMSY wrist checker...mine was always high because the dentist makes me and about just everyone I know nervous and uncomfortable...my new dentist in Tennessee never checked....yet...
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:11 PM
 
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Depending on your state, the state dental boards often require this. It is required in Texas. It's also liability...the numbing medicine can raise your blood pressure which is dangerous if your blood pressure is already high. You should thank your dentist. The problem with high blood pressure is that it doesn't hurt.
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Old 12-15-2015, 05:05 PM
 
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Interesting, our dentist isn't doing this yet (in NJ.)

Seeing him next week for my 6-month check-up, so we'll see.
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Old 12-16-2015, 04:14 AM
 
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My 'general' dentistry office staff does not check BP; however, when I needed to see an endodontist the first thing the assistant did was take my BP. Since I was already stressed I knew the reading would be high, and it was. After explaining that my PCP has me on BP meds and routinely monitors my pressure, the assistant spoke to the endodontist and he said there was no problem; at subsequent visits they did not bother to check my bp.
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Old 12-16-2015, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I am 71 and no dentist, periodondist, or endodontist has EVER checked my blood pressure.
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Old 12-17-2015, 05:42 AM
 
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I am 71 and no dentist, periodondist, or endodontist has EVER checked my blood pressure.
It certainly appears to be something that began not that long ago.
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Old 12-17-2015, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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My blood pressure would be sky high at the dentist's!!!! Do they really expect to get accurate readings?
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