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Important Information Regarding Routine Periodontal Therapy

December 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Dentistry






It is very important for you to know that not all veterinary hospitals approach anesthesia and periodontal procedures in the same way.  Advancements in veterinary medicine have allowed these procedures to be much safer than ever before.  You can be confident that your pet will be provided the highest quality of care with the most compassionate approach at Olathe Animal Hospital.  This includes the latest pain management protocols, the most advanced monitoring equipment, a highly trained technical staff, the safest anesthesia, and even thermal warming blankets to maintain body temperature.

When your pet is admitted to our hospital for periodontal therapy and surgery, several steps are taken before the actual procedure occurs.  First, your pet’s attending doctor will conduct an examination to determine if there are any current issues that would prevent us from proceeding.  We normally will have run a blood panel prior to the day of the procedure.  If not, we will draw blood to run the panel in our lab on the morning of the procedure.  This important step tells us if the liver, kidneys, blood count, etc., are within normal limits.  If all is well, a nurse will administer pre-medications to reduce pain, calm your pet and reduce the amount of gas anesthesia needed.  Later, after an intravenous catheter is inserted, a short acting drug is given to allow your pet to fall asleep.  At that point, a breathing (tracheal) tube will be placed and a gas anesthesia/oxygen mix will be administered directly into the lungs.  We use the same anesthesia as in human hospitals.  Monitors will be attached to your pet showing heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.  Intravenous fluids will be given during and after the procedure to maintain blood pressure. Based on our monitoring, anesthesia can be adjusted accordingly, and any changes can be detected before serious problems occur.  The intravenous catheter allows for quick administration of emergency medications if needed.

Once your pet is under anesthesia, we begin a complete examination of the oral cavity.  With the same instruments used in human medicine, we clean, scale, and polish each tooth to remove all the calculus.  We also clean under the gum, a technique known as subgingival scaling.  Once cleaned, we perform a thorough oral examination.  After any necessary treatments are performed, our nurse applies fluoride to the teeth and your pet is recovered.

Your pet is constantly monitored by an attending nurse during the entire procedure and when completed, the anesthesia is turned off and oxygen is administered.  Your pet continues to be monitored by our trained staff during the recovery period, and is given additional pain management later in the day if teeth were extracted.  Owners are often amazed how great their pet looks when they walk out to greet them, often with little or no indication that they have been under general anesthesia.  To maintain comfort levels for our pets that require dental surgery, we will send home pain medication.


At Olathe Animal Hospital, our mission is to provide the highest quality care for our patients with the most compassionate approach.  The techniques we use for our periodontal therapy and surgical patients are an important part of our mission.




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