Dentists often take their patient's blood pressure readings before, during, and after dental treatments as part of the patient's overall wellness plan or during surgical procedures. Another reason is to ensure your safety during procedures requiring the use of anesthesia.
What do the numbers mean?
Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers for example "117 over 76".
The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts).
The bottom number, which is also the lower of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with blood).
Why is tracking blood pressure regularly important?
High blood pressure can often go undetected with no symptoms until your blood pressure reaches a dangerous level. High BP is called the "silent killer" because many people do not realize that they have a problem until Primary hypertension (HTN) puts them at risk for heart disease, stroke, chronic renal failure, peripheral vascular disease, and retinopathy. High blood pressure is also a common symptom to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Sleep Breathing Disorders (SBD).
If you are following a program of consistent dental checkups and cleanings your dentist checks your blood pressure on a regular basis. If we believe you have high blood pressure, we can then refer you to your primary physician for follow-up testing, diagnosis and treatment.
Contact us today at 480-833-2232 to schedule your next appointment.