Dental Care and Surgery1
It is common for people with bleeding disorders to experience heavy bleeding during or after dental procedures. Be sure to notify your dentist (or your child’s dentist) about the bleeding disorder so necessary precautions can be taken.
In addition, always contact your healthcare professional or treatment team before dental work, such as fillings, extractions, and root canals, is performed. Your healthcare professional may want to work with your dentist to determine what medications you should receive before, during, and after the procedure in order to reduce bleeding.
Methods of controlling bleeding before, during, and after a surgery will depend on the severity of your condition. These methods typically involve medications that can prevent bleeding and promote normal wound healing.
If you need major surgery, you may want your operation to be performed at a hospital with a hemophilia treatment center (HTC). HTCs are equipped with healthcare professionals who are experts in the field of bleeding disorders. They also have specialized laboratories and equipment. There are Web resources that provide locations of treatment centers.
- Brewer A, Correa ME. Guidelines for Dental Treatment of Patients With Inherited Bleeding Disorders. Montreal, QC: World Federation of Hemophilia; 2006.