Blood Thinners Questions and Answers
If you take prescription blood thinners and need dental treatment, the Placerville Dental Group knows you may have questions about what to expect at your dental appointment. We encourage all our patients to keep us up to date about medications and health conditions so we can provide you the best dental care possible. To assist you, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about blood thinners and dental procedures.
Should I check my clotting times or get blood work done before my dental appointment at the Placerville Dental Group?
It depends on the type of blood thinner you are on and what dental procedure you receive. Before certain dental procedures, your doctor or dentist may recommend specific blood tests to tell us how well your medication is working and how well your blood clots.
Do you recommend I stop taking my blood thinner before my scheduled appointment?
No! This is not recommended and could create health complications. Suddenly stopping a medication or adjusting your dose without your doctor’s direction is very risky. Our Placerville dental professionals are trained to prevent and stop bleeding, even if a patient is on blood thinners.
How can I minimize bleeding after a dental procedure or oral surgery?
After a dental procedure, apply pressure on bleeding sites for thirty minutes with moist gauze to slow and stop bleeding. Don’t spit, rinse, use a straw, drink hot beverages, or smoke for at least 24 hours following your procedure. Always follow your dentist’s after-care instructions to limit pain, swelling and other complications. Avoid eating hard foods, like nuts and chips, for two to three days. Our dentist may also prescribe certain medicines that lessen bleeding.
What if I do not stop bleeding after my oral surgery or dental procedure?
Anytime something doesn’t seem right, please contact the Placerville Dental Group right away. If you have followed your after-care instructions, and still have significant blood loss, contact us for an emergency appointment. The need for this is very rare.
What other precautions should I take if I am on blood thinners and need oral surgery?
Your dentist should be informed of all the medications you are taking, either prescribed or over-the-counter, including vitamin and herbal supplements, to prevent complications due to drug interactions.
Your dentists at the Placerville Dental Group look forward to providing you with the best quality dental care, even if you are on blood thinners. With good communication, our patients are happy and healthy and our Placerville dentists are able to provide the best care possible.