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Unconscious oral evaluation

Only after the patient has been anesthetized can a complete and thorough oral evaluation be successfully performed. 33

Operator protection

Pathogens and debris such as calculus, tooth fragments, plaque, water spray, and prophy paste are aerosolized during dental procedures. The safety of the operator is ensured during dental procedures by using radiographic, oral, respiratory, skin, eye, and ear protective devices.

Explaining the role of anesthesia

The client should be told that their pet needs a comprehensive, anesthetized oral exam and dental radiographs in order to perform a preventive cleaning or dental-periodontal therapy.

Local analgesia

Anyone performing oral surgical or periodontal procedures should be familiar with dental nerve block techniques, including a thorough knowledge of oral anatomy and analgesic agents and their application.


In select cases in which teeth cleaning, polishing, and extractions are not anticipated, heavy sedation may be appropriate and sufficient to collect limited baseline information. This page lists the considerations when considering sedation or general anesthesia in veterinary dentistry.

Preventing periodontal disease

Prevention of periodontal disease begins at the first visit, either for a puppy or kitten, as well as for a new adult patient. 

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