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Where I come from dentists do not go to medical school and specialize. They go to school for dentistry and only learn what pertains to that. And are not MDs with a specialty in dentistry.

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Perhaps that's true in some places, but in the country where I live and a number of others, dentistry is a distinct profession (with its own doctorate degrees), not a specialty trained in by graduates of medical school. There are some individuals who opt to attend both dental and medical school, however. Unless OP was having a procedure that required sedation, or suffered some kind of complication, I don't believe blood pressure monitoring is routine in dental offices.

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The thing with what you said is that dentists are required to measure blood pressure when procedures are being done that requires anesthesia. out of all of the times i have gone to the dentist, that was only once for me. the majority of people are going for simple cleanings or advice about a problem they have.

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No, the majority of people DON'T go to dentists for cleanings or consultations. They go for root canals, fillings, bone grafts, implant placements, orthodontic treatments, veneers, bleaching, crowns, bridges, extractions, whitening, impressions, x-rays... (Hygienists, not dentists, do the cleanings and bleaching kits in almost all dental practices nowadays. And no dentist would live off consultations!) I don't know why #51 (from Croatia...) is getting thumbed down. This is the case for many pro

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whitening, x-rays, fillings, crowns, and extractions are still procedures you go to the dentist for during a consultation, and do not require anesthesia, just a simple numbing agent and can be performed right there on the spot. for numbing agents, you do not require their blood pressure because you are not putting them under (which is what anesthesia is for). and thats like saying a PCP cant survive off of well child/person visits and sick consultations, that they need the heavy duty procedures

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actually, you do need anesthesia for some of those procedures (you can choose not to but it hurts like hell). not every anesthesia puts you down, those numbing agents (mostly lidocane) are also anesthetics. the thing is in dentistry local anesthesia is used in most cases, but it is still anesthesia and it is dangerous for patiens with high blood pressure.

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How do you know that it has never happened to absolutely anyone you know? There is no way you know that.

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Wow, such informative and well thought comments from all of the above, something i seldom see on here.

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#75: No, you're wrong. Any reputable dentist will have ANY and ALL patients on antibiotics (because everyone has oral bacteria) for at least several days before an extraction to minimize the risk of endocarditis. Whitening procedures themselves are done instead by hygienists -- or at home with a kit you get from the dentist! But the bleaching tray requires time to make, and several appointments (first taking impressions, then getting a model from the lab, then building your model on top of tha

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I've gotten my blood pressure checked at the dentist for the last 5 years....They need to know if you're healthy enough for an exam...

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#112. You are awarded with the longest FML comment I have ever seen. I tried to read it, but it took about 66 years and now I have Alzheimer's and completely forgot what I was doing. So I just wrote this comment instead.

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When in an online debate it is advisable not to start with "No, you're wrong!" Also, where the hell do you come from where people believe dentists should always, always put patients on antibiotics for "at least a week" before sugary? That place is negating the efforts of the rest of the world to slow the evolution of super bacteria, for starters. Second, after a round or two of antibiotics your body becomes immune to them. So if you ever are in dire straights and need ant

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I'm currently in my second year of dental school and we have to take blood pressures for every patient. It affects how much numbing medicine/what kind you give them. And to #121 you're wrong. It is not recommended to give antibiotics to every patient before OR after surgery or procedures. Only in a few select cases. Also, a crown doesn't necessarily need a "root canal" aka endodontic therapy. Maybe you should reconsider your screen name and do your research before spouting off informa

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Perhaps OP was going to the dentist for a procedure, or she needed sedation dentistry because of a phobia. They'd do blood pressure for that, because anytime sedation is used there's a possibility of your blood pressure bottoming out and your heart stopping or respiratory arrest. Also, anxiety can cause high blood pressure, so if OP was at all anxious (which could require sedation dentistry) it could raise blood pressure. It's called "white coat syndrome," when you get anxious and only

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You need to check your facts. The only time I've ever had to take antibiotics in regards to going to the dentist was when I had an abscessed tooth. The only people who need to take antibiotics before going to the dentist are people who have heart conditions (the ADA removed a bunch of conditions in the past couple of years) and people who have total joint replacements. Also, you can't lump all doctors together, because doctors have lots of sub-subspecialties. I've gone to lots of doctors and ha

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that is pretty impressive.. a dentist truly going that extra mile. maybe he wanted to be a doctor but didn't want to go through all the extra school.

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You go through the same length of schooling. Maybe he wasn't able to get in to med school and became a dentist.

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If you look at the statistics, dental school is harder to get into than medical school ;-) Dentists also have more difficult training for anatomy and pharmacy oddly enough

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Perhaps all Dentists worldwide were all sent an email stating that they must all give blood pressure tests to all patients recently. Happened to me too...

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This is news to me. In a world where dentists are becoming increasingly thorough and doctors increasing negligent...

I agree with the boyfriend! While I was reading this the only thing I thought was "since when do dentists take blood pressure?"

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When I was put under to have my wisdom teeth out, they took my blood pressure. But that's the only time I've ever had my BP done at the dentist. I'm as mystified as the boyfriend on this one.

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They need to know whether your going to bleed out while in their chair...They're doing things to your gums, whether a cleaning or something more invasive, and that's going to cause bleeding. If your blood pressure is too high or too low this can cause severe issues with bleeding and can send you to the hospital if they don't treat it.

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Taking blood pressure isn't exactly an intricate medical procedure. I'm no doctor and I learned how to do it. Hell there's a machine at Walmart that knows how to do it haha

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84, I'm not trying to make a point. I'm just wondering, like most people, why the dentist took her blood pressure.

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Someone explain this to me: why would a dentist take take someone's blood pressure? Also, fyl for having high blood pressure.

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ive heard some knock out meds affect people with high blood pressure. they took my brothers blood pressure when he got teetth pulled

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Novocaine uses adrenaline (well, epinephrine, same thing, different name) to be more effective. After a few shots of it, it DOES spike heart rate and blood pressure. That's why they use non-epinephrine novocaine and other numbing agents during pregnancy and won't do it during first trimester. In my opinion, it's quick check to make sure a patient's heart pressure isn't already high, which would indicate a different anesthetic should be used. Better to take 5000 patients' blood pressure than hav

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Because dental is part of medical field and high blood pressure is a medical concern. I have never not had a dentist or a hygienist take my blood pressure. They do it for safety reasons like if they have to remove teeth, numb, and put you to sleep for various reasons. If your dentist doesn't take your blood pressure I would be more concerned.

His reaction is the same I had when I first read it. Never heard of a dentist taking your blood pressure. Hopefully it's nothing bad though!

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