At Animal Medical Center, the safety and comfort of our patients is our primary concern, for all dental procedures we will provide the following.
- Pre-anesthetic examination of your pet includes a 12 point evaluation by one of our Veterinarians.
- Pre-anesthetic blood testing on all patients including complete blood count (CBC), organ profile, and electrolytes. Senior feline patients older than 10 years of age receive a thyroid screening to check for hyperthyroidism.
- Intravenous fluid therapy in all cases tailored to electrolyte analysis.
- Multi-tiered approach to pain management (if needed) including:
- Local nerve block
- Pre-operative nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory injection
- Pre-operative narcotic injection
- Post-operative narcotic injection as needed
- Pain medication to go home with your pet
- The safest anesthetic agents are used
- Anesthesia is tailored to the individual pet depending on their age, weight and health issues such as heart, kidney or liver problems.
- Anesthetized patients are supervised by veterinary technicians. The technician is always evaluating the patient physically and checking the electronic monitoring displays for respiratory
and pulse rates, blood pressure readings, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.
- The Patients body temperature is regulated by the use of warm air convection blanket and other external heating devices both during the procedure and in recovery.
- Ultrasonic dental scaling used to remove tarter above and below the gum line.
- After the teeth are cleaned, a comprehensive oral exam is performed by a veterinarian to evaluate the mouth for gingival pocket depth, fractured teeth, pulp exposure, oral growths,
occlusal abnormalities cavities, etc.
- Dental x-rays are often needed in order to completely evaluate your pet's oral health. These x-rays serve as a valuable tool in providing a complete assessment of your pet's dental
health. Dental x-rays allow us to see parts of your pet's mouth not visible to the naked eye such as tooth roots and surrounding bone. These hidden areas of your pet's mouth can serve as
sources of infection which may spread to vital organs.
- If a diseased tooth is identified, our high speed dental equipment is used to remove the tooth quickly and efficiently without damaging your pet's sensitive gum tissue.
- After the teeth are cleaned and any necessary oral surgery completed, the teeth are polished to smooth out any scratches in the tooth enamel.
- Patients are monitored closely following oral surgery for evidence of discomfort and additional pain medication or nausea medication is given if needed.
- A detailed report and home care instructions is provided to every dental patient including after hours doctor contact information.