A : Our licensed veterinary technician performs a complete dental cleaning and evaluation, including ultrasonic scaling of the teeth, fluoride treatment, polishing, probing for gingival pockets, and looking for any abnormalities in size, shape, color, or number of the teeth.
B : The patient has an “endotracheal tube” in their windpipe to help them breathe. They are connected to the anesthetic machine shown, which provides them with a carefully controlled balance of oxygen and the anesthetic gas.
C : A second assistant is dedicated to helping the technician monitor the patient’s vital signs. The headphones she is wearing are part of the blood pressure monitoring equipment.
D : The entire mouth is examined and charted. Many different hand instruments are used as part of the cleaning and evaluation process.
E : Our high-powered dental machine allows for ultrasonic scaling of the teeth, has air and antiseptic flushing systems, and even a drill which can be used for more advanced procedures.
F : Having the capability to perform dental x-rays enables us to check for disease underneath the gumline where it might otherwise be missed. We are one of the few veterinary hospitals in the area to utilize this technology.
G : Intravenous fluids are an extra safety measure to assist our patients while they are under general anesthesia. Low blood pressure is the most common complication associated with anesthesia. IV fluids allow us to counteract this problem, as well as providing quick access to a vein for other drugs if an emergency were to arise.
H : You can just see the corner of the display screen for our anesthesia monitoring equipment. With this, we monitor heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygenation, core body temperature, and an ECG tracing on all of our anesthetized patients.
I : The patients recover in a heated cage in our centralized ICU. Close proximity means we can keep a close eye on them for the rest of the day.