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Forum topic by distrbd posted 10-04-2013 03:41 PM 1798 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-04-2013 03:41 PM

We recently moved to a new town.Took my wife to the local dentist for a broken tooth,had to fill out 3 forms since she is a new patient,the next thing the doctor did was to take my wife’s blood pressure which was higher than normal(150/90)l ,then the dentist tells her she could not do anything for her that day or even later for two reasons:

1)there is an infection that had to be dealt with with antibiotics.
2) even after a few days when the infection is all gone ,if the blood pressure is still not at acceptable level the dentist will not do any type of surgery/ pull the remainder of the tooth! period.

I had never heard that before,of course,I would understand if the dentist would highly recommend her to get her high blood pressure under control but to blatantly refuse to treat a patient and not do a routine dental surgery just because her blood pressure is above normal?

I guess the dentist has had a bad experience in the past with a similar situation or got sued but I thought the he/she would find a way around it to treat patients in agony rather than trying to save their own butt.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 10-04-2013 03:51 PM

That’s a new one on me, Ken. I’m guessing your assessment that the dentist had a previous bad experience is probably accurate.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-04-2013 04:05 PM

I suffer from high blood pressure myself. I was informed recently that certain anesthesia cannot be used if BP is high or not under control. I don’t know if that was his reasoning but it does sound legit.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#3 posted 10-04-2013 04:05 PM

You know Charlie,I’ve never liked these new dental offices with 5 or 6 dentist in one complex with the state of the art equipments(,and fancy decorations) treating the least problematic patients and charging them an arm and a leg to pay for their expensive yet attractive set ups.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 10-04-2013 04:16 PM

dp,they are well within their rights if they believe they might put the patient at an unacceptable risk but there was no mention of anesthesia to be used,just a routine pulling a molar.
It just seemed to me that they were more worried about themselves than the patient.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 10-04-2013 07:12 PM

I think that almost every person’s blood pressure goes up just walking into a dentist’s office.

When I went in to have a tooth extracted, they took my pressure right before the procedure began. It was certainly higher than normal. But, the nurse said,”Well, that’s not too bad considering where you are.”

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#6 posted 10-05-2013 02:57 AM

Next they will ask about your mental state and if they foresee a potential for you to go off the deep end,... deny you as well…....... LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 10-06-2013 04:36 PM

I reported them to Practice Advisory Service here. I then found another dentist who was more than happy to take us in as new patients,I made sure to ask if they would deny a routine surgery on a patient and their reply was : under extreme situations they might postpone it if the patient has a condition and makes the dentist aware of it or (like dpwalker mentioned above) has a reaction to a certain drug/ anesthetic.
Higher than normal BP is not an extreme condition or unusual ,specially in a dentist’s office,you are righ Chuckv

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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