Hypertension is a growing concern in today’s society. It’s a sneaky disease, because in many cases, the patient is not aware of any problems, and doesn’t notice any symptoms. High blood pressure should not, however, be taken lightly, as it can be a contributing factor to heart failure, strokes, kidney failure and blindness.
As your dental provider, we need to be aware of your current medical status and which medications you’re on. Since blood pressure increases with anxiety, and dental appointments trigger anxiety in many people, we recommend the following:
Book an afternoon dental appointment. The increase in blood pressure in a hypertensive patient is associated with the hours immediately after waking up, usually peaking by midmorning. For this reason, we suggest an afternoon appointment, when the fluctuation of blood pressure is less likely.
Consider using a sedative the night before a dental procedure to help counter any rise in blood pressure. Depending on when you take your sedative, you may need to get a ride to or from your appointment.
Avoid caffeine before your appointment.
Break a multiple-procedure appointment into several, shorter appointments if possible.
As much as we try to keep our dental environment friendly and relaxing, it’s common to feel some anxiety about some dental treatments. Please let us know if you suffer from hypertension, and keep us aware of your overall health issues so that we can do our best to safely accommodate your dental needs.