A Cat's View Veterinary
Hospital

Dentistry

Proper dental cleanings include sound medical treatment in addition to consideration of  your cat’s overall experience.  The cleaning process includes digital dental radiographs, scaling and polishing, a dental sealant, and other treatments all performed under general anesthesia.   We use anesthesia because otherwise we would be doing a disservice to your cat.  If we were to simply scrape the calculous build-up off the teeth while your cat was still awake it would likely traumatize your cat and easily damage the teeth and gums.  Not only would it be traumatic for your cat, medically the destructive disease lies under the gum-line.  We have to use anesthesia and an ultrasonic scaler to remove the bacteria and tartar from the unseen areas between the gum and the teeth to stop dental disease.


When we prepare a patient for a dental cleaning the first step is running pre-anesthetic in-house lab work, placing an intravenous catheter, and providing pre-anesthetic (comfort) medications.  These medications reduce stress and the amount of anesthetic gas needed during the procedure.  We induce anesthesia with a safe medication that again allows us to minimize the anesthetic gas used for the remainder of the cleaning. 


During the entire anesthetic event we monitor your cat very closely.  We use an electronic monitor to take the following vital signs: Heart Rate, Oxygen saturation of the blood, ECG, Blood Pressure, Respiratory Rate, Capnography (measures the quality of each breath), and Temperature. We provide heat support and IV fluid therapy to help maintain and treat the vital signs.  With all of the steps used we minimize the risk of anesthetic complications.


Once the dental radiographs have been taken, the teeth have been scaled and polished, the dental sealant has been applied, and any other treatments like nerve blocks are complete it is time for the post-anesthetic care.  While your cat is waking up we provide consistent monitoring, warmth, consistent oxygen therapy, pain medication as needed, and comfort pheromones to be sure that the recovery period is as safe and comfortable as possible.  From start to finish your cat’s overall well-being and comfort are our primary concern.


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