Phlebotomy is usually related to medical procedures, but a recent rise in the popularity of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapies has led to a dramatic rise in the number of dental assistants looking to add Phlebotomy to their education path.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy?
At it’s most basic, PRP treatments use platelets taken from the patient’s own blood to provide the healing of a wound. This therapy has been shown to enhance healing and speed recovery time.
Platelets are collected from blood (drawn by a Phlebotomy Technician) and are concentrated in a small volume of plasma known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP is used in gel or liquid form to enhance tissue repair.
What are the benefits of PRP in Dentistry?
PRP is used to speed patient recovery in dental procedures while also aiding in wound healing and bone regeneration. It has been used in a wide variety of oral and maxilloficial procedures such as bone grafts, dental implants, tooth extractions and sinus lifts.
Why is a Phlebotomy Technician Needed?
Although drawing blood is a common medical procedure, it is not commonly part of dental assistant training. A qualified Phlebotomist is a vital part of the successful use of PRP within a dental office.
Learning an Important Skill
If you’re looking to expand your Dental Assistant education, Altrain Assisting Academy has seasoned instructors who will take you through every aspect of Phlebotomy. We offer morning, afternoon and evening classes to accommodate your busy Phoenix work and family schedule.
To learn more about the Platelet Rich Plasma, visit the National Institute of Health.