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Dental disease is one of the most common problems in our pets, but is often unnoticed since our pets hide signs of dental pain until advanced stages. Untreated dental disease not only decreases our pet’s quality of life, but it can also lead to the infection of other organ systems. 

Through preventative dental care, many of these poor effects can be eliminated. Our preventative, routine dental care includes a comprehensive oral examination and full-mouth dental radiographs, removal of plaque from the tooth surfaces using high-powered scalers, and ultrasonic cleaning and polishing of the tooth surfaces. All dental procedures are performed under full general anesthesia to prioritize patient safety and protect the airway from fluid aspiration, while maximizing quality of care and patient comfort. Every dental procedure is performed within our fully-equipped dental surgery suite so that our veterinarians are able to safely and effectively address any advanced dental care needs, while keeping you up-to-date.

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Before Surgery

Even with the healthiest patient, we know that any degree of anesthesia has its risks and ensuring your pet has a safe surgical procedure is our utmost priority. Prior to surgery, all of our patients obtain a thorough physical examination and have pre-surgical labwork performed to ensure that they are appropriate surgical and anesthetic candidates and to tailor anesthetics and medications specifically to their needs. We also prescribe medications for your pet to receive the night prior to and morning of their surgery to decrease the amount of anesthesia needed during surgery and decrease the risk of aspiration pneumonia.

During Surgery

During surgery, our patients are tended to in our fully-equipped dental surgery suite and are carefully monitored by our team. Local anesthetics are additionally used to decrease the amount of general anesthesia that our patients need. Our anesthesia monitoring instruments continually assess our patients’ cardiac and respiratory functions, oxygenation status, blood pressure, and temperature to quickly titrate anesthetics and ensure that the needed care is performed safely.

After Surgery

Following surgery, one of our team members will be with your pet until they are awake and aware. Your pet will wake up on warm blankets and to a caring smile. A member of our team will call you to review the procedure with you and send you home with straightforward aftercare instructions. We will call you within a few days to check on your pet and answer any additional questions.

Gentle Care Approach

We know that veterinary visits can be stressful. Pets are not in their usual environment and are having unusual things done to them. Our goal at Central Bucks Veterinary Hospital is to maximize both the physical health and mental wellbeing of our patients.

To honor our patients, we have designed our processes and procedures through their eyes. We strive to provide a stress-free experience so that your pet can remain as calm as possible, which will enable our team to provide you with the best medical recommendations and treatments for your pet, while avoiding the need for sedation. Our team is well-trained in gentle approaches to providing care and advocates the use of safe and effective pre-visit calming medications for pets that are stressed in a hospital setting.