Does my pet have to be under anesthesia for a dental cleaning?
Yes. Considering that the dental cleaning process involves a large amount of water, it is extremely important that the patient remains completely still during a cleaning or oral exam. This allows for a full, thorough subgingival cleaning, and also protects the patient’s airway during the procedure. In addition, dental radiographs (x-rays) are an essential part of the dental procedure and cannot be obtained without anesthesia.
What is included in a dental cleaning?
We include a full mouth exam by our board-certified dentist, a thorough supra and subgingival (above and below the gum line) cleaning of each tooth, and full mouth dental radiographs. Since our dentist is board-certified and we offer 24 hour hospitalized patient care, we are also able to offer advanced oral surgery procedures such as root canals and advanced periodontal therapy at the time of your pet’s dental cleaning, if it is deemed necessary by the dentist.
Can my pet receive a dental cleaning the same day as my initial consultation?
In most cases, dental cleanings will need to be scheduled for a day other than your initial consultation, as our dentist has specific days set aside for procedures during the week. However, in the case of emergencies, or if special arrangements have been made with the dentist, same-day procedures can be accommodated.