Century Animal Hospital

801 East William Cannon Drive Suite 220
Austin, TX 78745



Dental Care

 Just like us, our pets need to have their teeth cleaned at least once a year. With annual cleanings, our veterinarians can catch problems before they become serious. Foul mouth odor (halitosis) can be an indicator of serious dental disease. Dental infections can impact your pet's heart, liver, and kidneys.  



Our Professional Dental Cleaning Involves...

Pre-anesthetic bloodwork  is performed before your pet's dental. This blood screening helps the doctor rule out any pre-existing conditions that could affect the use of anesthesia or oral surgery. This bloodwork may be done prior to or on the day of the procedure.

Before being anesthetized, your pet is examined by the doctor and pre-medicated for anesthesia.

A catheter is placed in the patient's foreleg so that he or she may be connected to intravenous fluids during the procedure. This ensures that your pet stays properly hydrated during the dental, and provides immediate access for medications.

Anesthesia is administered by the doctor, an endotracheal tube is placed, and your pet is maintained on inhalation anesthesia, which is the safest. The technicians attach monitoring devices to keep track of your pet's vital signs during the entire procedure. Measurements include heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, % oxygenation, EKG and body temperature.

The technician scales the teeth with an ultrasonic scaler to remove the debris above the gumline. The doctor performs the subgingival (below the gum) cleaning and assessment.

Dental radiographs may be taken to allow the doctor to more fully evaluate the condition of the teeth and jaw, and possible need for extraction or special subgingival treatments with antibiotics.

The doctor performs any necessary extraction(s) or oral surgery, fills the extraction site with Consil (to allow bone regrowth) and sutures the gums.

The technician scrubs the gums gently to reduce bacteria.

The mouth and gums are flushed with a cleansing disinfectant solution.

The teeth are polished and rinsed again.

Fluoride is applied to strengthen the enamel surface of the teeth.

The teeth are dried and Oravet is applied.  Oravet is a sealant which helps slow the deposition of future plaque and tartar.

The gas anesthesia is turned off and your pet breathes oxygen only while being monitored until the endotracheal tube can be removed. Your pet is placed in a soft warm bed to fully recover and get ready to go home.

Your pet goes home with an OraVet home treatment kit and a complimentary toothbrush and toothpaste kit for home use.

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