What is the difference between a non-anesthetic dental cleaning and an anesthetic dental cleaning?
Non-anesthetic dental cleanings are designed to remove mild superficial tartar and plaque accumulations in young dogs. They are not designed to treat or diagnose an infection under the gum line, which is common with dental disease and patients over 4 years of age.

Why do you have to put them under anesthesia to clean their teeth?
Anesthesia is necessary to accurately diagnose and treat dental disease by allowing us to perform dental x-rays, ultrasonically scale and remove plaque, probe for pockets of infection under the gumline, perform necessary dental extractions and thoroughly examine all oral structures.

What’s included in a Dental Cleaning Package?
Our dental packages include it all; preanesthetic labwork, general anesthesia, advanced anesthetic monitoring equipment, IV fluids, scaling and polishing of teeth, charting of your pets dental disease, antibiotic and pain injections, medications to go home, and for more advanced dental disease our packages include dental x-rays, a follow-up exam and even dental extractions!

How long does the procedure take?
Anticipate your pet will be here for most of the day. But don’t worry they won’t be forgotten about. This allows us time to draw their blood, run appropriate labwork, perform a preanesthetic exam, calculate their anesthetic medications, perform a safe and thorough anesthetic dental procedure, monitor them closely upon recovery of anesthesia, type detailed discharges instructions for the family and prepare necessary medications to go home.

Are there any risks involved?
There are always slight risks involved with anesthesia, however we limit these risks by requiring current exams within the last 90 days, performing labwork prior to anesthesia, giving IV fluids throughout the procedure and using only the best monitoring equipment and safest medications for your pet.

What should I expect the day of the procedure?
We will have you bring your fasted pet for a morning check-in appointment between 7:00am-8:30am. At this time, our dental technician will go over anesthesia release forms, review the estimate, answer any questions you may have and obtain a full deposit. After the procedure is completed, you will receive a phone call with an afternoon pick-up time. At pick-up, a technician will review the findings from the dental procedure, go over home care instructions, preventative care recommendations and any prescribed medications.

How often does my dog need a dental?
Every dog is different. Age, diet, breed, and preventative care all play an important role. We recommend yearly exams for all dogs and cats. At this time, our doctors will evaluate your pet’s oral health and make appropriate recommendations at that time.

I’m concerned about my pet getting too many extractions, what can be done?
Dental extractions are only performed on teeth that are too infected or damaged to be left behind. Keeping these teeth result in a chronic source of infection and pain and offset the benefits of a dental cleaning procedure. However, sometimes we can bond damaged teeth, or leave teeth with only mild to moderate infection if an owner vows to perform at home dental care with frequent dental checks by a veterinarian.

How many teeth will my pet need extracted?
It is impossible to know how many teeth will need to be extracted prior to an anesthetic dental procedure. This is because at the time of the dental procedure we perform a full mouth assessment before determining if a tooth should be extracted. This assessment includes performing dental x-rays, probing for pockets, checking mobility, removing tartar accumulations and checking for root exposure. A Mild Dental package is expected to have few if any extractions. Yet, a moderate Dental Package can have some to many extractions whereas a Severe Dental package can have several extractions. We take dental extractions very seriously and only remove a tooth if it is severely diseased.

What happens after my pet has several teeth extracted?
Dogs and cats do remarkably well even after having several teeth extracted. The mouth is one of the fastest healing areas of the body and even with severe dental disease patients are typically eating normally within just a few days. Remember, extracted teeth are infected teeth, and once the source of infection is removed, a pet’s mouth will feel better.

What preventative measures can I do for my pet’s oral health?
Dental disease is always progressive, so remember defense is the best offense! Frequent dental cleaning and oral care when a pet’s mouth is still healthy and disease is mild will help prevent worsening of disease later in life. Subsequently, resulting in fewer teeth needing to be removed over the course of the pet’s life. For a list of veterinary approved dental products go to http://www.vohc.org/

Does my pet qualify for a Dental Cleaning Package?
All routine dental cleanings qualify for a Dental Cleaning Package. Severe tooth root abscesses, traumatic dental injuries and certain types of immune driven dental diseases do not qualify due to special care that needs to be taken to address these issues.

What are the different types of Dental Cleaning Packages available?
We offer mild, moderate and severe dental packages based off the grade of dental disease determined by our veterinarians at the time of an exam.

What are the hidden costs involved?
There aren’t any. The only additional costs that would come up would be for additional problems or conditions. Treatments like dental bonding, biopsies of abnormal oral tissue or oral mass removals are not included in the dental packages.

How do I schedule a dental cleaning procedure?
In order to schedule a dental procedure, your pet must have a current exam with us in the last 90 days. We perform dental procedures Monday – Saturday with Sunday reserved for emergency dental procedures. Give our hospital a call at (909)591-1805 and one of our staff members can work with your schedule to get your pets dental disease treated.