What to Expect of Your Pet’s Dental Procedure


*Before the procedure:

A thorough examination and recent blood testing will be done to ensure anesthesia is safe for your pet. For geriatric pets or those with underlying illnesses, urine testing, electrocardiogram (ECG) or radiographs (x-rays) may also be recommended prior to anesthesia.

At any point, you can request a treatment plan and estimated costs of the expected dental procedure. Please note that treatment plans cannot be 100% accurate until an anesthetized oral exam and dental radiographs (x-rays) are done

You will be asked to fast your pet the night before his or her dental procedure. We will call you the day before the scheduled procedure to remind you to fast your pet.


*Day of procedure:

Please allow 5-10 minutes to drop off your pet, sign necessary paperwork, and go over last minute questions with the technician. We will ask you to leave a phone number where the doctor may need to reach you during surgery to discuss findings and an updated treatment plan.

Upon arrival, your pet will receive another comprehensive examination by the doctor. He or she will be weighed and have vital parameters checked by a technician.

Pre-anesthetic medication will be administered to ensure your pet is calm and pain free prior to IV catheter placement.

Once the IV catheter is placed, IV fluids will be started on your pet to ensure adequate hydration and perfusion of tissues while under anesthesia.

Anesthesia is administered via a tube inserted into your pet’s trachea to deliver gas and oxygen throughout the procedure.

State-of-the-art monitoring equipment is used to continuously monitor and record your pet’s vital parameters including ECG and heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate and end-tidal CO2, and temperature.

Digital dental x-rays are done to help the doctor diagnose disease below the gum line. We are able to diagnose root fractures, tooth resorptions, bone loss, periodontal disease, disease within the pulp canal (endodontic disease), and cysts, just to name a few!

The teeth are scaled and polished by the technician. Then complete charting and a thorough oral examination is done with the doctor.

A treatment plan is made which can include dental extractions, periodontal therapy, or locally acting antibiotics. The doctor performs all prescribed treatments. Unnecessary dental work is NOT performed on your pets.

If extractions or painful procedures are needed, the doctor will perform oral nerve blocks to ensure your pet is pain-free and to decrease the amount of systemic anesthesia your pet needs. The technician will also do acupuncture to assist in multi-modal pain relief. Your pet will always receive an additional pain-relieving injection after the procedure and will be sent home with pain medication for at least the next few days.

Once the procedure is finished, your pet will recover from anesthesia with a technician. The doctor will call to notify you and to schedule a pick up time. Your pet will remain on IV fluids to ensure a safe and speedy recovery.

In most cases, your pet will go home later that afternoon. You will be sent home with detailed instructions about your pet’s dental procedure, anesthesia recovery and home dental care.



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