Dentistry for patients with haemophilia: Trialling a safe and economical change in management

Pritam Daniel Sundaresan, Estie Kruger, Mathew Lim, John McGeachie, Marc Tennant

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Introduction: While the dental management of patients with haemophilia has changed considerably in the last decade, haemophiliacs in Western Australia have continued to receive pre-operative factor support for dentistry regardless of the type of dental procedure. Aim: To review the efficacy and safety of established dental protocols that reduce factor use in the dental management of patients with haemophilia and to estimate cost savings. Methods: Records of 11 patients with haemophilia that were seen in the pilot programme period were reviewed. These were cross-referenced with previous dental and haematology notes that stated the amount and type of pre-operative factor used. Cost savings were estimated using the Australian National Blood Authority's Product List. Results: All study participants were male, and included those with haemophilia A (n = 9), and B (n = 2). Mean age was 45 years (range 22–80). A variety of dental treatments were undertaken, and no pre-operative factor was used. Patients on prophylaxis (n = 6) received dental treatment the same day as their regular factor administration. It was estimated AUD$26,314 was saved by not using pre-operative factor. One patient had bleeding post-extraction and was seen the following day to achieve haemostasis using local measures. The remaining patients had no complaints of post-operative bleeding, and did not require any further haemostatic measures. Conclusion: This pilot programme supports data that haemophiliacs can safely receive a variety of dental treatments without the need for pre-operative factor, and the significant cost savings of doing so. Further data is required to support this protocol for invasive dental procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-409
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Early online date20 Feb 2024
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


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