We believe that regular, anesthetized dental cleanings are essential to the long-term health of our pets. At Animal Care Center we perform a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) with full-mouth radiographs on each patient to ensure that we are properly evaluating all of the oral structures including underneath the gums.
How does the dental cleaning process work?
After the doctor does their pre-anesthetic exam, your pet is safely anesthetized using specifically tailored medications. Your pet is monitored by an anesthesia technician and the veterinarian while the dental technician uses an ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar from the crown of the tooth and underneath the gum line. Next, the technician will take digital radiographs of all of your pets teeth.
Radiographs are an essential part of your pet’s dental cleaning. It allows us to fully evaluate the dental structures under the gum line that are not visible on an exam. This is perhaps the most important tool we have to diagnose painful conditions in your pet’s mouth.
Following the completion of the cleaning and all radiographs, the veterinarian will evaluate each individual tooth with a periodontal probe to ensure all painful pathology is identified. If there are any treatments needed, you will be contacted with a treatment plan to discuss. With your permission, most treatments will be completed the same day.
We take great care to provide advanced pain management for each patient. Dental treatments can cause discomfort and with the use of local anesthetics, injectable pain medications
Once your pet’s procedure is complete, we transfer their care to our recovery staff who stays with them throughout the remainder of their stay with us. We know you want to get them home as soon as possible, so we keep each patient for only the necessary amount of time needed to ensure their comfortable recovery.
Upon discharge, a veterinary technician will provide you with a thorough discharge package, including photos and copies of your pet’s radiographs. We will discuss home care options as well as any necessary follow-up care.