National Blood Pressure Month is this May, which makes it a good time to review the importance of discussing pre-existing hypertension with a dentist before beginning any procedure. Sedation dentistry is helpful for patients with dental anxiety, but certain techniques may not always work optimally if you take other medications to control high blood pressure.

The Conversation With Your Dentist

Before any treatment, our dental professionals will ask you to fill out a questionnaire about your medical history. Dr. James Lesinski will want to speak with you if you state you have high blood pressure. You will be asked what blood pressure category you fall into and what medications you take, if any.

The category you are in affects potential treatments. For instance, normal blood pressure would involve having a systolic number less than 120 and a diastolic number less than 80. If your systolic number is between 130 and 139 or your diastolic number is between 80 and 89, then you have Stage 1 high blood pressure.

Potential Treatments with Sedation Dentistry

Whether you have dental anxiety or need to undergo sedation for a more intensive procedure, you can still often receive sedation dentistry even with high blood pressure. In most cases, our dentist will recommend IV sedation, which involves administering the medication intravenously. The professional can more easily control the amount of sedation you receive throughout the procedure based on your vitals. This method is much more easily controllable than receiving oral sedation.

You should tell Dr. Lesinski you have high blood pressure regardless of the procedure being performed. Certain hypertension medications can increase your chances of having dry mouth, which can negatively affect your dental health. By being open and honest, our dental team can create a comprehensive dental plan specially designed for you.

Contact Our Amherst, NY Office

You do not have to let high blood pressure define you when various treatments can work in tandem with any medications you currently take. Call Dr. Lesinski’s office in Amherst, NY today to schedule your next visit.