Q: My sister-in-law who is a nurse told me that the hygienist and dentist should be taking blood pressure measurements and using the thing on the finger tip that has something to do with oxygen in the blood. Is this common now? I have not seen this down here in Florida.
A: Speaking of not “seeing things”. Last Sunday in a book on behavioral economics, I read that companies often pay an “un-likable” celebrity “Not” to use their product, so as not to tarnish their brand. Example: Snookie from the Jersey Shore was sent Gucci bags from Channel to prevent her from using Chanel bags on the show. Mike, the Situation, was paid by Abercrombie and Fitch not to use their clothing.
As of this writing, you will see more and more dentist’s offices taking pulse oximeter and blood pressure readings before hygiene and dental procedures.
The pulse oximeter placed on the fingertip will read the oxygen saturation of your blood to assure enough oxygen is getting to the brain. Levels reading lower than 90% should generate a referral to your MD for evaluation of a cardio or respiratory problem. (Nail polish will have to be removed from one of your fingers for accuracy.)
The wrist blood pressure cuff is an easy way to get a blood pressure reading. This can reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes by alerting mothers to preeclampsia that occurs before and after birth.
High BP readings can indicate early stages of type II diabetes as well a heart disease. These readings will allow the dentists to make a choice on using or not using local anesthetics containing epinephrine, a vasoconstrictor. Readings over 200/115 should generate an MD referral.
Since no one is paying us (Like Snookie) not to use these devices, we will all be incorporating them into our practices.
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