May is National Blood Pressure Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to raise awareness of the impact hypertension medication can have on certain types of anesthesia. If you’re planning to get dental implants and you’re taking hypertension medication, it’s important to tell your dentist before your procedure. Otherwise, you could increase your risk of complications both during and after our procedure.
Hypertension medication is prescribed to treat high blood pressure. However, it can also react to certain types of anesthesia and cause blood pressure to drop too low. To prevent this potentially life-threatening scenario from happening, you need to talk to your dentist about all medications you’re taking—especially hypertension medication—before receiving dental implants or any other procedure that requires anesthesia. You’ll be given special pre-and post-operative instructions regarding your hypertension medications so you can safely undergo anesthesia and receive implants.
Dr. Patrick Cieplak places a dental implant in the jaw by first surgically uncovering the jaw bone. The implant post is then inserted into the jaw and the treated site is given time to heal. During this healing period, the implant post fuses to the bone. After successful fusion, Dr. Cieplak attaches a crown or bridge to the implant post to restore the smile. If multiple teeth are missing, a denture appliance may be attached to the implant post to fully restore dental function.
If you’re nervous about receiving dental implants because you currently take hypertension medication, we encourage you to call our practice and schedule an appointment with Dr. Cieplak. He can tell you exactly what you need to do in preparation for your procedure to lower your risk of complications and increase your likelihood of having a positive treatment experience. To make an appointment reservation, contact Cieplak Dental Excellence during regular business hours today.