WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I SCHEDULE MY PET FOR A DENTAL?
We will call you the night before your scheduled appointment to confirm and discuss specific instructions, such as fasting (we generally advise no food after midnight but this may vary due to individualized patient care so always follow the instructions you were given). We admit dental patients starting at 9 am. You will meet with the doctor and she will perform a thorough oral examination, address your specific questions or concerns, provide a written estimate of cost, and have you fill out a consent and contact information form. She will then admit your pet to our hospital for any recommended pre-anesthetic evaluation (this will be discussed with you based on your pet's health and might include blood work or other diagnostics). The dental procedure will follow and is performed under general anesthesia that is specifically tailored to minimize risk, with pain management an essential component of care for every patient. Most patients have recovered from anesthesia and are ready for hospital discharge by mid-afternoon. Communication with you, both orally and in writing, will ensure that you understand the care your pet received and what is necessary to optimize his or her recovery and future oral health.