Normal blood pressure is approximately 120/80. If person have a reading above that level I suggest to consult with physician about blood pressure.
From our dental treatment point of view and according to the American Dental Association (ADA) a reading of 180/110 is the cutoff point for offering urgent treatment without medial consultation.
It is usually safe to have routine dental treatments done even if suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure) except tooth extraction procedure which requires extra attention for the safe levels to do that but generally local Anesthetics can be safely received even if they contain epinephrine (adrenaline). As a routine procedure Before undergoing dental treatments, and in order to ensure that blood pressure is in normal range the dentist might ask to take a blood pressure reading .
If you have hypertension we suggest:
*The best time to visit your dentist is the afternoon time over the morning time.
* blood pressure to be taken at each visit and the best arm to use the monitor on is on the left arm.
*Stress reduction protocol before appointment will be followed which includes:
-Good night’s sleep.
-Eating a regular meal.
-Ample time allowed to get to your appointment.
and of course to take the daily dose of hypertensive medications .
Anxiety and stress associated with dental treatment typically causes a rise in blood pressure. Many patients will have an increase in blood pressure of 10% during or immediately after administration of local anesthesia.
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