As health care providers we are ethically and legally obligated to provide the highest standards of care for our dental patients, while actively maintaining appraisal of the literature. Most importantly, it is our responsibility to continue our professional journey as lifelong learners, especially for the treatment of medically-compromised patients.

In this continuing education course, learning encompassed both the basic physiological events of hemostasis and the pathophysiological events associated with thrombohemorrhagic disorders. Knowledge of these essentials is important for proper treatment planning and dental management of such patients. Additionally, complex cases of clotting and bleeding disorders most likely require physician consultation, interpretation of laboratory testing, and prudent decision making when selecting a dental or hospital treatment site. Generally, comprehensive assessment of data, including laboratory tests; diagnosis of the condition; individualized treatment planning with regards to controlling the bleed; and careful manipulation of tissues during implementation is tantamount to successful management of dental patients with bleeding disorders.