Citrus Heights Dentist in California weighs in on the potential dangers of using blood thinners during oral surgery:
Is surgery safe when taking blood thinners? Many of our seniors are on blood thinners these days and do share concerns about this. Yes, it is relevant when doing oral surgery.
The question arises what can happen when bleeding occurs during any oral surgical procedure.
Numerous medications can cause blood thinning. Not all medications, however, cause enough thinning to recommend cessation of the medicine prior to oral surgery. Warfarin or Coumadin, for example, is a major anti-coagulant. Blood loss can be increased when a patient is on thinners and this could cause an emergency.
Aspirin is a potent anti-coagulant and should not be taken around the time of oral surgery. Be sure and tell your dentist you are taking aspirin.
The good news is that careful planning and consultation with your physician to insure proper blood thinner levels should allow you to proceed with oral surgery. Typically small amounts of aspirin are fine when in the hands of a skilled oral surgeon and minor trauma is expected. The dentist may have the patient go to the physician or nurse and get a blood thinner time, eg., Prothrombin time. This should be done close to time of surgery, in fact, sometimes the day before.
The specifics of the oral surgery can also minimize complications when blood thinners are “on-board”. Use of special surgery drugs and agents during surgery, careful suturing, anti-coagulant agents, anything employed by surgeon to decrease blood flow is helpful. Post-operative home care including less activity, no smoking, soft diet and oral hygiene are all very important in getting the bleeding stopped after oral surgery.
The dentists at Summerhills Dental Care in Citrus Heights, CA, Dr Clusserath and Dr. Ismatt, are experienced with a variety of patients and do careful interviews prior to surgery to ensure your safety. We invite you for a consultation to see if we can assist you on anything regarding tooth removal or oral surgery and your blood thinners. Please visit www.dentistincitrusheightsca.com or give us a call, 916-723-3368.
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SummerHills Dental Care
7904 Zenith Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
Directions to SummerHills Citrus Heights Dental Center:
From I-80, take exit 100, “Antelope Road”
Travel west on Antelope Road, 2 blocks to Zenith Drive
Take right on Zenith Drive
Summerhills Dental is 100 yards on the right
We are conveniently located North of I80 and near Antelope Road. Click here for a detailed map.