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I think it's a fairly new thing, or possibly age-related. Don't recall it previously, but at my new dentist, they do it even before a cleaning.
Thinking about it, they also review my routine meds at every visit and the fact that I'm on BP meds may have something to do with it.
My last dentist was a sedation dentist and took BP before the IV was inserted. I chose that route to get the maximum amount of stuff done in one visit just to get it over with. Very peaceful I might add
Regards, Will G.
I just had a couple of teeth pulled in preparation for getting two implants installed. They took my blood pressure for that. But I've never had it taken for a normal appointment.
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That one makes sense, but why would they do it during a routine cleaning/dental checkup?
Are they going to start doing hernia checks at the optometrist's office? ("Please try reading the bottom line there, and then turn your head and cough...")
Is my podiatrist going to be handing out toothpaste and reminding me to floss?
So she will need veterinarian gloves when the time comes?
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White coat syndrome is actually named "essential hypertension," formerly called "idiopathic hypertension." It is all forms of an elevated or low blood pressure not related to a definite cause.
One other factor people overlook is that the whole "120/80" is a statistical mean of a large population of healthy people. What that means is about 95% of the population is within plus/minus two standard deviations of that value.
What medical professionals forget, however, is that means there are 2.5% of the population whose correct, healthy, and entirely natural blood pressure is below 90/60 or above 150/100.
There are a few ways to discover if you are one of that 2.5%, for example, change some aspect of your diet (e.g., restrict sodium intake) or lifestyle to see if there is an effect on resting blood pressure.
I know. At my fittest at 28, eating a low salt, low fat diet my blood pressure was no different than it was in my teens or my 40s.
Having had an informed discussion with my primary care we agreed to worry only if it got above 180/110 for no apparent reason.
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And people wonder why I carry a SIG P320
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I am one of those afflicted with that symptom. My dr. had me get it taken once a week for 2 months and record it just to make sure. My bp was never over 125/85 the whole time and was usually lower. It was about 150/95 and rising in his office. The hot physical therapist that took it looks like Kate Hudson so if that didn't get my blood pressure up I knew it was white coat. When I told my dr. about it he agreed with me. *s* He was a dirty old man too.
"Even if the world were perfect it wouldn't be." ... Yogi Berra
Yep. My recently retired primary car physician, whom I know well from our synagogue, would always chat with me a while and re-take my BP and enter that reading. Now I need to break in a new doctor. Dang.
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See? Mission creep. Now we even have mechanics taking BP readings!
(Would that be Blue Shirt Syndrome?)
Who is yours? Cuz mine isnt a fan of it, and I like dude, I just wanna forget the damn pain. I'll pay you for it.
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They're are several in this office located in Coral Gables, just off of US-1 near South Miami Hospital. It was about 15yrs ago so I don't even know if their offices still exist. They advertised quite a bit back then on TV so I thought I'd look them up and meet with them to get an idea of their procedures and costs. Not cheap by any means because they use an anesthesiologist who stays present during the whole visit and recovery. Dental insurance only covered standard procedures so the IV sedation came out of pocket and was $$. Worth it to me because of how much they could accomplish during one visit which lasted almost the whole day because somebody has to drive you there and pick you up to drive you home. And you're certainly not in much shape to do anything the rest of the day except snooze. Even though they prescribe pain meds for the next few days, you may be pretty sore depending what type of work they did. I'd certainly not recommend having this type of sedation for just cavities or minor stuff, but the great feature for me was they could accomplish a lot of work in one sitting.
Regards, Will G.
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