Anesthesia . . . Training, Safety, Comfort & Monitoring

dog and ladyA complete oral examination in addition to a thorough professional dental cleaning cannot be performed on an unanesthetized (awake) patient.

Our doctor's advanced dentistry training programd required additional training in anesthesia and pain management.  This training included attending courses in anesthesia as well as working directly with a board certified anesthesiologist, while completing procedures.  Advanced dental procedures such as root canals or maxillofacial surgery may take several hours to complete; thus, state-of-the-art anesthetic protocols, training and equipment are a must to ensure your pet’s safety.

Safe use of anesthetics requires comprehensive evaluation of each patient beginning with a complete physical exam and includes preanesthetic blood work.  Blood work provides additional information regarding the patients’ ability to be safely anesthetized.  After a complete physical exam and review of bloodwork, our doctor's will customize the drug dosages used for preanesthesia, induction, maintenance gas anesthesia and pain management for each individual patient.  We do not use the “one size fits all” anesthetic protocol method.

No two patients are the same.  At Dallas Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery only the doctor selects the drugs, determines the correct dosages, and administers the anesthetic drugs to each and every patient!  This is not the case in many practices.

Pet Safety and Comfort

Vital signs monitoring is a must in veterinary patients just as in humans.  The heart rhythm and rate, temperature and respiration, oxygen and carbon dioxide content of the blood as well as the blood pressure must be monitored continually throughout the procedure.

Intravenous fluid therapy delivered by an electronic fluid pump provides the means to maintain normal blood pressure throughout the procedure.  This is important to provide O2 and other nutrients to important organs such as the brain, heart, liver and kidneys.

Maintaining patient temperature is also extremely important.  Our patients are sandwiched in circulating warm water pads with thermostat controlled water pumps, and are additionally covered with a forced warm air blanket.  The result is temperature-controlled warmth for your pet.

At Dallas Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery
we take anesthesia very seriously!

Utilizing the most modern technology and most up-to-date anesthetic protocols creates a significant increase in hospital expenses.  Cutting corners by not intubating patients, not keeping patients warm, skimping on pain medications or not properly monitoring anesthesia can save money . . . but significantly decreases the safety and comfort of your pet. 

However, our doctor's believes that you as a concerned pet owner will agree that state-of-the-art equipment, advanced anesthetic drug protocols and increased staff training for the safety and comfort of your pet . . . is worth the additional expense!  Our training and equipment are continually updated to provide the safest anesthesia for your precious pet.

In addition, Dr. Courtney Baetge, DVM, DACVA, board certified veterinary anesthesiologist is available upon request.

anesthesia vital sign monitorDallas Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery features state-of-the-art anesthetic monitoring equipment with the most reliable and accurate measurements of important parameters affecting your pet's anesthesia during dental and surgical procedures. We know that anesthesia is a scary prospect and we take every step to ensure the safety and well being of your pet.

Below are a list of measurements and readings that are recorded throughout an anesthetic procedure.

ECG (Electrocardiogram)

SPO2 (Oxygen saturation)

CO2 (Carbon dioxide expelled)

Blood pressure

Body temperature


Pain Management
Anesthesia for Senior Pets
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Anesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

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