Blood Thinners and Oral Surgery | Excellence Dental of Stevens Point

Dentist Stevens Point
Wednesday May 15, 2024

Blood thinning medications play a crucial role in managing cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious conditions. However, when preparing for oral surgery, it’s imperative for our oral surgeon at Excellence Dental of Stevens Point to have comprehensive knowledge of all medications you’re taking.

Understanding Blood Thinners
Blood thinners are categorized into two types: those that prevent blood clotting, such as aspirin and Plavix, and those that inhibit blood coagulation, like Coumadin or warfarin.

What Our Oral Surgeon Needs to Know
During your oral surgery consultation, it’s essential to disclose all medications you’re currently taking. Providing your complete medical history enables us to ensure your safety and tailor treatment accordingly. Our dentist may inquire about the purpose of each medication to assess potential interactions and address any medical concerns prior to surgery.

Preparation Steps Before Surgery
Never discontinue any medication without consulting your physician. Depending on your medical background, your doctor may recommend specific blood tests before undergoing oral surgery. Effective communication between you, your primary physician, and our office is vital. If additional medications are prescribed, it’s crucial to inquire about potential interactions.

Minimizing Oral Bleeding
While oral surgery may result in bleeding, each patient’s experience varies. Applying firm pressure to the surgical site for up to 30 minutes using gauze is the most effective method to minimize bleeding. Depending on the procedure, we may advise against consuming hot liquids or rinsing your mouth for the initial day post-surgery. Avoiding rough or sharp foods that could irritate the surgical area is also advisable.

Prioritizing Patient Safety
Before any oral surgery procedure, our experienced surgical team conducts a comprehensive review of your medical history. This ensures that we can deliver optimal solutions tailored to your individual needs while prioritizing your safety throughout the process.

Reach Out to Us
If you have any inquiries or concerns regarding medications and oral surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’re here to provide you with the guidance and support you need for a successful and safe oral surgery experience.

Excellence Dental of Stevens Point
Phone: 7153445192
2405 Post Rd Ste 200
Stevens Point, WI 54481