When a patient presents with a bleeding disorder, how should dental providers proceed to manage the complexity of the case? Management of such medically-complex patients involves “an understanding of basic physiology of hemostasis,” which can greatly enhance one's comprehension of most bleeding and clotting disorders.1 In addition to this composite of knowledge, clinical application of recent evidence-based recommendations can contribute to the management of these patients who may potentially require specialized medical and/or dental care.

This continuing education course will provide dental professionals with general information for managing patients with bleeding disorders. Specifics of this course include: basic physiology of the hemostatic system; common bleeding disorders and their etiologies; requisite laboratory testing; and current evidence-based guidelines for the purpose of developing individualized treatment plans for such patients. Having a greater appreciation of these essentials will enable the dental practitioner to successfully treat patients with bleeding disorders.