Your cat does need to be anesthetized for a proper dental exam and cleaning to be done. Of course we all love our cats and are nervous about this, however when it comes to pet dental health, the risks of periodontal disease and oral health problems due to lack of proper dental care far outweigh the risk of anesthesia.
At CCC, we are highly trained specifically in feline dentistry. As an AAHA hospital, we strive for excellence in our anesthetic protocols, technical skills, and surgical skills.
Diligent anesthetic monitoring by a certified veterinary technician is done from beginning of the procedure through the time your cat is fully awake. Detailed, specific monitoring including EKG, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, heart and respiratory rates, and body temperature is done. Cleaning, probing, and charting of your cat’s oral cavity is done with state-of-the-art equipment by a certified veterinary technician. Small digital x-rays are taken just as in a human dentist office to screen for the 80% of dental disease that is below the gum line. If extractions or other treatment is indicated, then a veterinarian will call you and then perform necessary and agreed on procedures.
Yes, most cats are eating well the evening after their dental procedure. Typically we recommend moist or soft food for several days, particularly is teeth are removed and stitches are present. Once healed, cats can eat all forms of food normally even if teeth are removed.