Dental anesthesia problems
Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP, FAVD, explains why it is essential for patients to undergo anesthesia during dental procedures, and how to approach the subject with clients.
Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP, FAVD, told dvm360® that apart from the 2 main questions clients ask about dentistry, the third concern is about anesthesia. In an interview, Bellows explained that clients are often reluctant to put their beloved dog or cat under anesthesia because they fear it will “cause complications”, however, it is a necessity for oral procedures.
“Well, unfortunately [dentistry procedures] must be done under anesthesia, and [oral procedures] must be done intubated. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Association (AVA) require that anesthesia and intubation be performed when dental procedures are required, ”Bellows noted.
” The reason is [so] the animal will not feel pain and will be immobile, so dental x-rays can be taken, probing can be done and treatment can actually be done at that time, ”he continued.
To learn more about her thoughts on anesthesia during dental procedures and communicating with clients on the subject, watch the full video below.