80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 have dental disease requiring professional attention.
Consider this; what would happen if you did not get your teeth cleaned professionally for many years? You would likely have some serious dental issues. And with your pet, they won’t tell you if they are uncomfortable, it is their job to hide it from us.
What about the awake dentistry or sedation free dentistry available out there?
Even the most calm and compliant pet requires a general anesthetic in order to perform a thorough and complete dental cleaning. The true value in a dental cleaning relates to the cleaning the deep crevices and below the gum line, not to the removal of those huge chunks of visible tartar. To reach the inside of the mouth and those awkward areas, your pet must be completely asleep. Awake dentistry is cosmetic, at best, and is a waste of money and distressing to a pet.
And remember, even with the thorough list below, our dental work is not that much more expensive than those awake options and you may have the option to pay for it over 6 months as well!
Review the chart below to see each of the points that make up an IVH dental and feel free to discuss with us any issues you may have.
2 Qualified and Licensed Professionals
One to administer the anesthetic and one to perform the procedure. Our licensed Veterinarians and Registered Animal Health Technicians have completed additional training in dentistry and anesthesia and are well-qualified to provide safe and outstanding dental care.
Pre-Anesthetic Blood Work
Just as in human medicine, this is done prior to any anesthetic procedure to help detect internal organ dysfunction. The results of these tests enable us to tailor our anesthetic protocol for your individual pet and reduce the risk inherent with any anesthetic. The type of blood work required will depend on your pet’s age. We will schedule this on a day shortly prior to the scheduled dental prophylaxis (cleaning).
A complete physical exam on the morning of the procedure is performed to detect any conditions that may complicate the procedure or compromise your pet’s safety.
Intravenous fluid therapy helps to maintain blood pressure, hydration and proper functioning of kidneys and liver. An added bonus: IV fluids aid in a faster and smoother recovery.
General Anesthesia and Monitoring
General anesthesia is always necessary for dental procedures. It is accomplished with inhaled gas anesthetic that puts your pet into a sleep-like state. We monitor your pet’s vital signs the entire time using a blood pressure/heart rate monitor and fine-tune the amount of anesthetic to keep them at just the right “level.” Our anesthetics are exclusively administered by either our Veterinarian on duty or a licensed RAHT..
Dental Scale and Polish
The heart of the package. Your pet’s teeth will be thoroughly cleaned by manual scaling and using our ultrasonic scaler. We also hand-scale below the gum line (where 60% of dental disease exists), removing harmful plaque and tartar. Each tooth will be polished with a pumice paste to smooth the microscopic etching that occurs during scaling to help retard re-formation of plaque. We will complete a detailed dental chart, noting any abnormalities or areas of concern for future reference.
Sterile Instrument Pack
The instruments we use are sterilized before every procedure. Your pet will not be exposed to oral pathogens from any other patients.
Dental Procedure Report/Discharge Appointment
You will be given a complete report with findings and recommendations, as well as detailed homecare instructions on how to best care for your pet and his/her new “pearly whites.” The type of follow-up required will also be discussed.