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Why does my dentist check my blood pressure?

Your dentist wants to make sure you do not have very high blood pressure before starting a dental procedure. Having high blood during a procedure might increase your risk for a cardiovascular event like a heart attack or stroke. Some anti-anxiety drugs such as diazepam (Valium) or nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") might help lower blood pressure during a dental procedure. Ask your dentist what is best for you.

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