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.
We include a full-mouth exam by our board-certified veterinary dentist, a thorough supra and subgingival (above and below the gum line) cleaning of each tooth, and full-mouth dental radiographs. Many advanced dental procedures, such as root canals, periodontal therapy with bone grafts, maxillofacial surgery, and advanced oral surgery, are provided by our board-certified veterinary dentist.
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. In the case of emergencies, however, or if special arrangements have been made with the dentist, same-day procedures can be accommodated.