If you have ever had a heart attack or a stroke, you may be on an anticoagulant medication such as aspirin, Warfin, Coumadin or Plavix or some other regimen that prevent strokes and blood clots form forming. If this is you, then you need to notify your dentist of it. The reasoning is clear, because anticoagulants raise risks in dental procedures.

How Does Anticoagulant Medication Affect My Dental Treatment?

Anticoagulants are blood thinning drugs used to prevent blood clots. Because these medications may make it difficult for your blood to clot normally, you could have trouble with bleeding after some dental procedures. It may take much longer than expected for any bleeding to stop, and with this knowledge, you might reduce your dosage or stop using the medication before receiving dental care. Please consult with your dentist before changing any regimen of your medications. Depending on the risks, your dentist may have you stay on your recommended dosage knowing that extra precautions will need to be taken to control your excessive bleeding after dental treatment.

Additional Medical Conditions That Cause Clotting Problems

Dr. Patterson of Chandler, AZ is aware of how anticoagulant medications can cause additional and problematic bleeding during dental procedures, and he is prepared to help you remain safe throughout your visit. However, some patients who take these particular medications have additional medical problems that enhance bleeding issues. Medical problems such as liver impairment, or alcoholism, kidney failure or other blood disorders can all increase risks of prolonged bleeding after dental treatment. If you have one of these conditions, your dentists may refer you to an outside hospital dental clinic so that your bleeding will not become life threatening.

If you are curious how your medication(s) can affect your dental treatment, then talk to Dr. Patterson. Anticoagulants raise risks in dental procedures, and Dr. Patterson will work with you to ensure that you have a bright and beautiful smile for years to come. Call for your appointment today!