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Please read over the following information for your pets scheduled dental procedure. After familiarizing yourself with the information please download the admission questionnaire. This form should be filled out and either brought with you the morning of the procedure or emailed back to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any additional questions or have any trouble downloading the file please contact the office at 814-935-8638
To our valued client,
We understand that placing your pet under anesthesia for a dental procedure is a stressful, anxious time. It is our effort at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital to provide you with information to reduce those tensions and make you more comfortable.
We take many precautions at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital to ensure successful outcomes including the highlighted below:
· Every patient has one technician dedicated to their case that will follow your pet from admission to discharge
· During anesthesia every patient is intubated (breathing tube placed) and mechanically ventilated to ensure a normal breathing pattern.
· Your pet will have all vital parameters monitored throughout the procedure including blood pressure, ECG, pulse oximetry, end-tidal CO2, and body temperature.
· An intravenous catheter will be placed in order to administer fluids and medications throughout the dental procedure
· We administer pre and intra-operative pain medications and local anesthetic blocks (ie. lidocaine) to help prevent and alleviate any discomfort associated with the procedure.
· Each patient will have a full oral exam performed to identify oral masses, periodontal disease, inflammation throughout the mouth, etc.
· A thorough teeth cleaning with an ultrasonic scaler will be performed along with finishing polish.
· Dental probing will be performed to identify any pocketing around the teeth indicating periodontal disease
All the above described precautions come as a standard that your pet will receive. Furthermore, we offer additional services at your discretion.
Our greatest concern is the well-being of your pet, especially during anesthesia. In preparation for any anesthetic event, patient blood work is evaluated as part of our procedures to ensure adequate health of your pet.
What is it?
· A panel that examines kidney & liver values, blood sugar, blood protein, as well as white and red blood cell counts
· Provides baseline values to compare any changes in your dog’s future blood tests
Performing pre-operative blood work reduces the risk but may not prevent complications. It does help us to:
Recommended Tests: Complete Blood Count (CBC):
Who should have it?
· We highly recommend it for any patient over 7 years of age. However, we have found abnormalities in younger patients allowing for earlier diagnosis and treatment.
What does it cost?
What are they?
· Dental radiographs provide an image of the overall health of the roots of the teeth and surrounding bone. They allow for the doctor to assess for lesions that may not be evident on oral examination.
Why should they be done?
· They give us more information as to what teeth need to be extracted that could be causing the dog unnecessary pain and discomfort.
What do they cost?
· Approx. $35-$50 based on time
****Please note that extractions will not be performed without the guidance of dental radiographs****
It is our hospital policy to call you prior to proceeding with extraction (removal) of any teeth. At that time, the doctor will give a best estimate on the cost of extractions. Please note that it is very difficult to determine an exact cost since the extractions are measured in time units and extraction times can vary.