Yesterday I went to my dentist with what I thought was a lost filling and was told sadly that I have an infected tooth and the options are extraction or root canal treatment which came as a horrible shock as that is the only top molar I have to chew on. As I am a very nervous patient and have to have adrenaline free injections my dentist seemed to favour extraction but she said because I am on Rivaroxaban I would have to go to hospital for it! Oh no, I said, I just have to stop it for a day, no problem. So she consulted the practice clinical director and confirmed what she said. She said Rivaroxaban is different to other blood thinners (presumably because irreversible) and the medication instructions are against doing extractions while taking it, also they had a patient who ended up in hospital 8 hours later. I guess they are scared of being sued. I've looked at other posts about teeth and clearly they are being overcautious. Upshot is she is going to try the root canal but in case I freak out or it does not work she is going to refer me to the hospital anyway.
Has anyone else come across this situation?