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COVID-19 Procedure change: When you arrive for your appointment, we ask you please text us at (828) 692-0561 with your name, pet's name, and parking space number. We will follow with a message that directs you how to proceed. See our home page for more details.
The doctor will perform a pre-anesthetic exam looking for any signs that anesthesia may be unsafe for your pet.
Anesthesia is induced and a tracheal breathing tube is placed. This tube administers oxygen mixed with anesthetic gas and protects from inhalation of bacteria-laden plaque during the procedure. During the cleaning, a computer constantly monitors the heart rate and blood oxygen level of your pet. All pets are placed on a warm water circulating blanket to maintain the patient's body temperature. Next, an oral examination is made of all teeth, gum, and tongue surfaces. At this time the doctor decides if any teeth need special treatment. We make every effort to save teeth when possible.
The next step is ultrasonic scaling of all teeth, followed by hand-scaling of tooth surfaces under the gum. This is the same technology used by many human dentists. After scaling, the teeth are polished to remove microscopic scratches caused by scaling. If left, these scratches would provide a foothold for plaque and speed its return. Lastly, pocket depths around each tooth are measured and charted. The total time for the procedure is usually 35 to 45 minutes.
At home care is just as important for your pets' dental health as it is for you. Click on the link provided for a video demonstration on how to brush your pets' teeth.
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