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How Do Blood Thinner Medications Affect Oral Surgery?

May 2, 2017

Blood thinner medications are helpful in regulating your body to prevent heart attacks, strokes and other serious issues. However, if you are scheduled for oral surgery, it is vital that our Doctors are aware of any and all medications you are using.

How Does A Blood Thinner Work?

There are two types of blood thinners. The first type works to prevent blood clotting. Medications could range from aspirin to Plavix in this category. The other type of medication is to prevent blood from coagulating. Coumadin and Warfarin are the common medications we see in this category.

What Our Doctors Need to Know

When you have your oral surgery consultation appointment, be sure to update us on any medications you take. We need to have a complete medical history to ensure your safety and to provide proper treatment. Our Dentist might ask you the purpose of each medicine you take to better understand the side effects or any other medical issue that would affect your oral surgery. If you ask your Pharmacy, you can get a print out of your medication list – this is beneficial for our Doctors. Bring your Medical Doctors name and phone number in case we need more information on your general health.

Steps to Take Before Surgery

Never stop any medication without consulting your Doctor. We will work hand in hand with your medical Doctor to determine if and when it is safe to perform oral surgery. You may need to have a specific blood test before we can treat you. You may need to be off your Blood thinner anywhere from a day to a week prior to your appointment with us. Communication is KEY! If your treatment requires additional medication to be taken, we will discuss any possible drug interactions.

Steps to Take To Minimize Bleeding

Bleeding resulting from oral surgery can occur, but each patient will have different results. The most effective way to minimize oral bleeding is to firmly apply pressure to the area for up to 30 minutes. Gauze is recommended for applying gentle pressure to stop the bleeding. Depending on the oral surgery procedure, we may ask you to refrain from drinking hot liquids and rinsing your mouth out on the first day. We also want you to avoid any sharp or rough foods that might cut your mouth.

Prior to having any oral surgery, it is important that our team has thorough knowledge of your medical history. This will help us to find the best solution for your needs, while we ensure your safety!

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