Visiting Dentist on thinners?

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I will shortly be visiting my dentist for the first time since my minor stroke. I am currently prescribed apixaban and atorvastatin. I will obviously declare this to the dental staff but are there any other precautions I should take? I have heard stories of people on warfarin suspending medication prior to a dental appointment. I am expecting fillings etc so no doubt l will be bleeding. Any advice please.

I've no experience but i reckon tooth extraction would be the most likely cause of prolonged bleeding.

Plenty of pressure with a cotton swab after treatment should suffice.

Maybe you should give the surgery a call in advance instead of announcing your condition on the day.
You might have to take other precautions.

I've had nothing but trouble since stroke 18 months ago. 3 fillings and 1 molar extraction. The biggest issue was mobility and getting in and out. I'm on the regular medication types and the only thing the dentist was concerned about was warfarin, which I am not on. Take a list of meds and I think you should be ok. Good luck and hope it's a successful visit.

Definitely let your dentist know about your blood thinners, he is trained to handle this sort of situation and will advise you of any problems about it.
Any excuse for not going to the dentist is easily found!

Tell your dentist about your meds and they will organize a up to date INR blood test If extractions were to be necessary they will liaze with your warfarin clinic. There are national guidelines on management relating to your INR and local measures. It was always pretty straight forward when I was in Practice The main thing is prevention healthy diet and regular brushing so please dont worry

You should have a little card/leaflet thing that you keep with you for your apixiban show that to the dentist and keep it with you at all times. That’s what I do:-)



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