Dental X-Rays_____ Surgical extractions and/or Oral Surgery_____
Factors that limit our ability to detect every dental problem your pet may have with just an oral exam may include:
Lack of patient cooperation can impair visualization, especially of back teeth.
Many periodontal problems can be detected only by probing under the gum with an instrument.
Dental tartar can hide underlying cavities or fractures.
If further problems are detected while your pet is under anesthesia, how should they be handled?
Choose one of the following:
Do whatever is needed to give my pet a healthy oral cavity.
Please contact me at the phone number below before doing any additional dental procedures. If I can’t be reached by phone while my pet is under anesthesia, then
Perform whatever procedures are needed
Do only what I have authorized.
Do only what I have authorized. I understand that additional dental work needed
will require another anesthetic episode to complete the dental treatment.
Phone numbers where I can be reached today:
Home(____)_____________ Work (____)_____________ Ext:_____ Mobile or Pager (____)__________
Should an emergency arise calling for procedures in addition to or different from those now contemplated, I further request and authorize whatever emergency treatment is needed. I consent to the administration and use of anesthesia. I agree to pay in full for all services rendered including those deemed necessary for medical of surgical complications or otherwise unforeseen circumstances.
PRE-SEDATION, PREOPERATIVE BLOODWORK
Complications during and following anesthesia can be avoided if the doctor is aware of any underlying problems such as anemia, infection, kidney malfunction or liver disorder. These problems may not be evident on a physical exam. Because these conditions can be detrimental to your pet’s health we will perform these blood tests unless your pet has had recent tests or you decline these services. The cost of blood work is $85.00INITIAL______ I UNDERSTAND THE RISK OF BOTH ANESTHESIA AND SURGERY AND I DECLINE THE RECOMMENDED TESTS. INITIAL _______ PERMISSION FOR SEDATION:
I hereby authorize and direct the veterinarians of KELLEY ANIMAL HOSPITAL, to sedate and/or administer anesthesia to _______ (pet’s name) for the diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical, dental, or grooming procedures as are, in their opinion necessary and advisable for the health and well being of my pet. This procedure has been explained to me and I understand that administering anesthesia in not without inherent risk to my pet. Further more I authorize the administration of all required vaccines if they are due based on the information I have provided to KELLEY ANIMAL HOSITAL.
SIGNATURE OF OWNER OR AUTHORIZED AGENT:____________________________ DATE:______________________
The nature and purpose of the procedures, possible alternative methods of treatment, risks involved, and possibility of complications have been fully explained to me. I acknowledge that no guarantee or assurance had been made as to the results that may be obtained.
Take-Home Information Sheet: Dental Cleaning and Frequently asked Questions A dental, also sometimes called a "prophy" or prophylaxis, is a cleaning and polishing of a dog's or cat’s teeth. It is important to realize that dental
disease does not reach a particular level and remain there. Dental disease continuously progresses. As dental disease progresses, the treatment
becomes more involved, meaning longer and more elaborate (and more costly) dental procedures. This means that sooner is better than later when it
comes to addressing your pet's dental disease with an appropriate treatment
Factors that limit our ability to detect every dental problem your pet may have with just an oral exam may include, but are not limited to, the
following: Lack of patient cooperation, which can impair visualization, especially of the rear teeth; many periodontal problems can be detected only
by probing under the gums with an instrument or oral radiographs; dental tartar can disguise underlying cavities or fractures.
What Are the Indications for Performing a Dental Procedure?
A dental cleaning should be performed on your pet when gingivitis (red area along the gum lines) is seen or bleeding during brushing is noted. Many
pets get their teeth cleaned once a year. A yearly cleaning is not necessarily appropriate for all pets. Diet, chewing behavior and preventative care
(daily tooth brushing) are among the important factors affecting the potential of your pet getting dental disease and how fast dental disease can
Larger breed dogs, who often eat only dry food and do a fair amount of recreational chewing, are not as prone to periodontal disease as are smaller
dogs. Small dogs have more crowding of their teeth, are less likely to be eating only dry food and do less recreational chewing – all of which lead to
increased risk of periodontal disease. Any damage of either the tooth or gums along the gum line will increase the likelihood of periodontal disease.
What Preoperative Examinations or Tests Are Needed? A proper dental procedure for your pet requires him to be placed under general anesthesia. Prior to such a procedure, your veterinarian should
perform a complete physical examination. Some basic blood tests, including evaluation of liver and kidney function and red and white blood cell
counts, may also be done before an anesthetic procedure. If there is any concern of kidney disease, a urinalysis should also be part of the work-up.
Concerns about heart function, such as the presence of a heart murmur, may need to be addressed.
What Type of Anesthesia is Needed? Your pet needs to be under general anesthesia for a dental procedure for several reasons. A complete examination and cleaning of all teeth cannot be
performed efficiently and safely (for both your pet and the veterinarian) if your pet is awake. Dental radiographs (x-rays) may be helpful for
appropriate evaluation of dental disease and are impossible to perform on a pet that is awake. Any tooth extractions that may be necessary most
definitely require an anesthetized patient. Even the most routine dental cleaning is a fairly wet procedure and our pets are not very good at the "rinse
and spit" aspect of dentistry.
How Is the Dental Procedure Operation Done? After your pet has been placed under general anesthesia, your veterinarian will examine all of the teeth and gums. If any periodontal pockets (loss of
bone around the tooth, below the gum line) are found, dental radiographs may be done to assess the extent of damage. Appropriate treatment of
diseased teeth is done. Using an ultrasonic instrument, your veterinarian will remove the tartar on the teeth by scraping the tartar with a vibrating
probe. This allows minimal damage to the tooth enamel. After all the tartar and plaque has been removed, the teeth are polished with a special tooth
How Long Does the Dental Procedure Take? The length of a dental procedure can vary greatly. A straightforward cleaning may take 20-40 minutes. Any dental disease that requires more
treatment than just a cleaning or any necessary tooth extractions will, of course, require more time.
What Are the Risks and Complications? The risks of a dental procedure are usually minimal. Anesthesia is never completely without risk, but advances in anesthesia protocols and
monitoring can greatly reduce risks. Appropriate evaluation of your pet prior to the procedure and addressing any medical problems can also go a
long way towards reducing risks of anesthesia. Other risks include excessive bleeding following tooth extractions, fracture of the tooth root or the
surrounding bone, or damage to neighboring healthy teeth. The potential for these risks is minimal.
What Is the Typical Postoperative Care? Care for your pet after a dental procedure depends on the extensiveness of the procedure. Special care is usually not required after a simple cleaning.
If tooth extractions or advanced periodontal treatment was performed, feeding softer food, administering antibiotics and using an oral rinse may be
recommended while healing occurs.
How Long Is the Hospital Stay? Most dental procedures are complete within one hour and your dog may only spend one day in the hospital. Any concern of recovery from the
anesthesia may warrant an overnight stay in the hospital for observation. Generally, pets return to their normal routine the next day after a routine