Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • List the primary hemostatic components of blood.

  • List and briefly describe the three phases of hemostasis.

  • Describe the basic physiology of hemostasis.

  • List and briefly describe common bleeding disorders (genetic, acquired and/or medication-induced).

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of common bleeding disorders.

  • List and describe the associated etiologies of common bleeding disorders.

  • List the frequently prescribed and OTC drugs that cause anticoagulation effects (antiplatelet and anti-thrombotic effects) on the hemostatic system.

  • List the common blood laboratory tests to diagnose and evaluate common bleeding disorders.

  • Become familiar with interpretation of common blood laboratory tests (normal and abnormal values) used in the dental office.

  • Discuss the medical/dental management strategies for patients with bleeding disorders.

  • Discuss treatment plans (assessment, diagnosis, plan, implementation and evaluation) that provide safety and comfort for managing patients with bleeding disorders in the dental environment.

  • List and describe hemostatic agents (local and systemic) to prevent and/or reduce the clinical bleed in patients with bleeding disorders during and after invasive dental procedures.

  • Gain knowledge about the current evidence-based recommendations for the purpose of managing patients with disorders of coagulation while providing invasive dental procedures.