Ever wonder what it’s like for your pet to experience a dental cleaning here at Linden Heights Animal Hospital? 

 Let’s take a look!

dental procedure

The day begins with check-in by our Client Relations Team. We will ask for basic information and have you sign a release form. Then it’s off to the Treatment Room for the day.

dental cleaning procedure
dental check-up
dental medications
dental blood work

The Technician will then take your pet’s temperature, heart rate, and respiratory. After logging this information, they will draw blood for pre-operative blood work. We have in-house lab machines in order to get immediate results.

dental cleaning
dental cleaning
dental work

The next step is placing a catheter, pre-anesthetic medication, intubation, and anesthesia induction.

anesthesia dental work
cat receiving x-rays
dental x-ray

Next is applying eye lube and putting socks on our patient to help in maintaining body temperature. Dental radiographs are taken so we can see if there are any issues below the gum line.

dental tools

Once it’s established if extractions are needed, the doctor will apply a local anesthetic to the gum and extract the tooth.

The last steps in the procedure are scaling and polishing the teeth to make them sparkle!

About 1-hour post-op, our patient is awake, alert, and in recovery. The doctor will then call you as the pet parent and report on details of the procedure. Mid-afternoon, your pet will receive a yummy snack. The dental procedures usually go home after 4 pm. The only exception would be if the doctor wants to observe your pet a bit longer.

And then…..at the end of a long day, snuggles with the staff!