The New Generation of Blood Thinners
Special considerations are needed when providing dental care to patients taking novel oral anticoagulants.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Explain the blood coagulation process.
- List the differences between traditional oral anticoagulants and novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs).
- Identify the adverse effects and drug interactions with NOAC use.
- Discuss the dental treatment considerations for patients taking NOACs.
This course was published in the October 2016 issue and expires October 31, 2019. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.