Dental health is an important aspect of your pet's wellbeing. We all know that if you don't brush your own teeth, you will end up needing dental surgery, and the same holds true for dogs and cats. In an ideal world, brushing their teeth would be a simple quick task, but often either your pet does not cooperate or lack of time in a busy family makes this hard. Therefore as a minimum, annual dental prophy cleaning at your veterinarian is needed. This is similar to what your human dental hygienist performs, but on your pet it will be performed under a light general anesthesia. This is not only safer than physical restraint against their will, but allows your vet and technician to fully examine the oral cavity, looking for gum disease, tumors, tonsil health, and loose teeth or exposed roots. Dr. Barry has extensive dental training and can count many examples where a routine dental prophy has revealed a site of pain, a cause for unusual symptoms and after recovery has led owners to express how much better their pets appetite or energy levels are following dental treatment.
Why does dentistry require anesthesia?
Your pet does not understand the benefit of having their teeth examined and cleaned and so they will react by trying to escape or even biting. They could be injured by the sharp tools needed to scale teeth or may become traumatized by forceful restraint. Anesthesia makes it possible to perform dental procedures with less stress and pain for your pet, and although anesthesia does carry some risk, the risk is very low and the benefits far outweigh this. All our patients will be discharged home the same day and as pain management is of the utmost importance to us, we will use various local anesthesia techniques and medicines to keep them comfortable and safe.
Baker Ranch Animal Hospital has invested in the highest quality dental equipment - the newest dental stations available today and digital dental radiography designed for veterinary use. Our veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians are trained in nerve block techniques to prevent pain and receive ongoing education in dental surgery. If tooth extractions are required, our therapeutic laser will be used to also relieve pain and stimulate the healing of gums as your pet recovers. Additionally, we can call on our experienced surgeon Dr. Joanne Hughes from OC MOBILE SURGERY can perform advanced oral-facial surgery when required.