All our dental prophylaxis procedures have to be performed under general anesthesia. When your pet arrives they receive a full physical exam by the doctor and all the vitals are taken by one of the technicians. We collect blood work to assure that your pets internal organs are working optimally prior to the procedure. If everything is normal they receive sedatives and analgesics that will help with the anesthetic procedure. All pets are anesthetized utilizing gas anesthetics.
Although the Isoflurane is carefully administered, your pet will be monitored throughout the entire procedure. We use specialized instruments to monitor blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, temperature, and the oxygen concentration in their blood. Also, we have a trained technician or a licensed veterinary technician monitoring all these parameters.
A certified veterinary technician carefully cleans and polishes your pet's teeth, similarly to your dental hygienist. She will also perform a preliminary survey of the teeth to assess the need for X-rays and extractions. Dr. Gorbea will perform all dental treatment and all the dental surgical procedures. She also reviews all the dental radiographs and performs a dental and oral exam. We also carefully chart the condition of each tooth to be transferred into your pet's permanent record.
All pets are carefully monitored and they are kept warm by covering them with a Bair Hugger blanket and towels. This blanket provides them with a constant stream of warm air.
This is one of our certified veterinary technicians, taking the dental radiographs. All the dental radiographs are evaluated by Dr. Gorbea.