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Does your dentist check your blood pressure?
Old 02-22-2020, 10:09 AM
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I went to my dentist last week for a routine cleaning. He's still there, but the office has gone through a major reorganization. Before the dental hygienist
got started, she insisted on checking my blood pressure. She used a wrist monitor, which I don't think is as accurate as the type that goes on the upper arm.

When I've had major dental work in the past (root canals, implants, etc.), the dentist checked my blood pressure first, but that's understandable. I've never before had it done before a routine cleaning.

Has anyone else had their blood pressure checked as part of a routine dental cleaning?



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Old 02-22-2020, 10:17 AM
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Yes. They have for the last several years. They use the wrist machine as well. The dental hygienist also asks about my mediations, health concerns, etc. before starting. They seem to ask more and more each time. Also I do have an autoimmune disease so that might be why they are more thorough.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:19 AM
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I've had that the last two times. Mine usually is high because I have real anxiety about the dentist.Ihave to sit there for a little while talking to the hygienist before they take it again and it lowers.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:20 AM
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No, not at my dentist. I'll see him again next month, and will check. When I go to the doctor, the first time they measure my blood pressure, it is always sky high, due to white coat syndrome. It's known as White Coat Hypertension. They know me and wait for 10 minutes before measuring again, by which time it is normal. I'm not sure if the dental assistant would necessarily understand that or handle it that way. She'd probably call 911.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:35 AM
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DH's blood pressure was high at his last appoint our PC had him breath in through his nose and out through his mouth a couple of times, then tapped DH on his lower arm and took another reading. It was like 20 numbers lower on both readings. Stress makes des raise the pressure. Same doctor always takes a reading at the end of my appointment as well as the one the intake nurse took.


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Old 02-22-2020, 10:37 AM
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At my last dentist appointment, my BP was si high that the dentist refused to work on my teeth. I do have HBP, and it is highly irregular. Ii also jumps sky high with white coat syndrome. I’m considering looking for another dentist. If this continues, no one will help my teeth. I don’t know what I’ll do then.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:39 AM
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No, and I just went last week. My BP is spiking just thinking about the possibility. Iím another who has to be talked down.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:43 AM
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Mine doesn't take my BP, and I was just there two weeks ago. Thank goodness. I guess I understand it if I was getting work done, but with a cleaning??? No thanks.

I hate hate hate the dentist. I'm pretty sure my BP would always be high there.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:46 AM
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My old dentist did. My new dentist does not. I don't ever have high readings but it always annoyed me anyway. One of the reasons I love my new dentist.
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Old 02-22-2020, 10:50 AM
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My dentist has never taken my BP.


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Old 02-22-2020, 10:55 AM
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No, they ask general health questions and about any new meds but Iíve never had my bp taken.
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Old 02-22-2020, 11:10 AM
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Ours doesn't routinely. I know my DH had his blood pressure taken the first time he went to my dentist when he moved here. Not sure if it was a routine new patient thing or that they figured they'd check because he didn't have a doctor and hadn't had it checked in a while.

Because of this I knew they had a blood pressure machine, so I actually asked to have mine checked when I was there with DD this fall. I was 8 months pregnant and had the worst headache of my life and I was terrified I had pre-eclampsia. My pressure was fine and I just had a virus.
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Old 02-22-2020, 11:13 AM
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Only before major stuff, not for cleaning. And I have a definite case of white coat syndrome. When I had oral surgery a couple of months ago, I asked the dental assistant what my BP was and she said, "You don't want to know." They did the surgery though, and I'm still here.
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Old 02-22-2020, 11:31 AM
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Not my dentist, but my eye doctor does. That was how I found out initially that I have HBP. I generally have white coat syndrome also, but since starting radiation I guess I am more mellow! Whenever they take it for my weekly meet up with the doctor it is at a great reading. Granted,I am on meds for it, but that never matter before at the doctor’s office.
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Old 02-22-2020, 11:37 AM
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My old eye doctor also took my BP, but not my new one. And my dentist never has.
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Old 02-22-2020, 11:50 AM
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The dentist does check my BP. He also checks my neck/glands, and looks inside my mouth to look at my tongue, etc. for any abnormalities. I think dentists are underrated for what they might be able to detect and/or help us with.
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Old 02-22-2020, 11:52 AM
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No, thank goodness! I also have White Coat Syndrome and get extreme anxiety about the doctor or dentist. It always effects my pulse and bp. Iíve started having to bring my own data with me to the doctor to prove itís anxiety and not a normal thing for me (pulse readings from my Apple watch and I take my bp using the machine at the grocery store occasionally and save the info in my phone). Iím glad I donít have to worry about it at the dentist!
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Old 02-22-2020, 12:16 PM
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My dentist never did but they joined a new practice about 2 years ago. As part of the ďupdateĒ they took a more ďholisticĒ approach. So, yes the last time I went for a cleaning they did check my BP. I think it has to do with insurance. For example, kind of the same thing as my PCP asking more generalized health/wellness questions when I go in for a simple sinus infection.
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Old 02-22-2020, 12:25 PM
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No. I never knew this was a thing until I took my children to the pediatric dentist and they had their blood pressure checked.
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Old 02-22-2020, 01:11 PM
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That seems weird. Youíre right about the wrist monitor - not as accurate as the arm cuff.
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Old 02-22-2020, 01:45 PM
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No, never. It would be sky high because it takes major pain to get me even to walk through the door and being there usually results in a full blown panic attack at some point. I would probably panic harder if they wanted to do something out of routine like that.

I'm not good at the dentist.
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Old 02-22-2020, 02:03 PM
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Yes I think was before a crown
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Old 02-22-2020, 02:12 PM
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Mine did for the first time at my last cleaning.
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Old 02-22-2020, 02:59 PM
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Interesting that you ask this! I just had a dentist appointment a few weeks ago. My old dentist left because his practice was bought by a new dentist. This is the first time they checked my blood pressure at the beginning. I had forgotten that (but I remember thinking "they've never done this" at the time) until this post.
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Old 02-22-2020, 03:02 PM
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I have had my bp checked for years at the dentist. Each time I am there for teeth cleaning, I get a bp check with a wrist monitor. I'm leary of the accuracy, though.
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Old 02-22-2020, 03:13 PM
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No. Dental hygenist always asks if I have any changes in meds and I usually have to fill out a form once a year, updating any recent diseases.
Glad to learn I am not the only one with White Coat Syndrome!
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Old 02-22-2020, 04:19 PM
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My dentist never has but my eye doctor did for the first time last week.
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Old 02-22-2020, 05:46 PM
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Yes, but they use a wrist monitor, and don't do it correctly. When I asked about the way they do it, the assistant said something like "Oh, we just check it really quickly." And incorrectly, so what's the point? I was annoyed. Next time I'm going to cross my arm to my shoulder, like my niece's husband said to do. He's got a Masters in nursing.
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Old 02-22-2020, 06:35 PM
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They check my BP at every dentist appointment. They use a wrist monitor and have me put my wrist across my chest.
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Old 02-23-2020, 04:41 AM
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Yes, they do. Have for several years.
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Old 02-24-2020, 08:47 AM
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My dental hygienist does every time I go.
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