Your well-being is our top priority, and we want to address some important concerns related to hypertension, or high blood pressure. Uncontrolled or untreated hypertension can have serious consequences like stroke, heart attack, kidney problems, vision changes, and even blindness. It’s often called the “silent killer” because it usually doesn’t show noticeable symptoms.

We understand that anesthesia during dental visits can be a worry for many people. Some anesthetics used in dental offices contain epinephrine, which helps numb the area for longer. However, epinephrine can also raise blood pressure, which may be a concern for patients with hypertension.

To ensure your dental care is safe and well-managed, we take special precautions:

  1. We focus on reducing stress and anxiety during dental treatment, and for a more relaxed experience, we offer IV sedation.

  2. For patients with uncontrolled or poorly controlled hypertension, we avoid using local anesthetics containing epinephrine.

  3. We monitor your blood pressure and heart rhythms continuously during treatment.

  4. We are prepared with life-saving drugs and medications for emergencies.

  5. In case a patient with hypertension reacts to treatment and their blood pressure reaches dangerous levels, we can quickly and safely resolve the issue using medications through IV access.

Your health is in good hands, and we want to ensure that your dental experience is comfortable and safe. If you have any concerns about hypertension or anesthesia, please feel free to discuss them with us. Together, we’ll make sure your dental care is tailored to your specific needs.

Dr. David Engelsberg

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