What Happens During My Pet’s Dental Cleaning?
A thorough dental cleaning can only be accomplished while the pet is under general anesthesia. The anesthesia we use is safe for all animals and your pet’s respiration, heart rate and oxygen saturation is monitored before, during and after the dental procedure.
Prior to anesthesia, blood tests are performed to help uncover any hidden illnesses. Illnesses that may have us review the health of your pet to make sure that anesthetizing is safe for him/her and that we can proceed with the dental procedure. A professional cleaning (sometimes called a prophylaxis) removes plaque and tartar from the teeth. Your pet's entire mouth health (teeth, tongue, gums, and lips) will be examined and assessed.
Juno Beach Animal Hospital offers dental radiographs (x-rays) which allows us to see under your pet’s gum line. With majority of pet’s teeth and dental disease under the gums, using dental x-rays allows us to see the depth of the infection and impactions. If an extraction (tooth pulling) is needed, we can do so safely with minimal discomfort to your pet during oral surgery. Our veterinarians will administer pain medications and antibiotics if necessary and schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the incisions have healed.