Aerowood Animal Hospital

2975 156th Avenue Se
Bellevue, WA 98007








Proper dental care is very important in dogs and cats. Just like us, they are susceptible to plaque build-up which becomes mineralized calculus. Lack of attention to teeth and gums can lead to gingivitis, periodontitis, bone infection, dental abscess, and tooth loss. Besides the unpleasant odor, oral disease is painful and can lead to disease in other parts of the body such as the liver, kidneys and heart.


Almost all dental procedures in dogs and cats require anesthesia, since pets will never allow work on the inside surface of teeth, below the gum line, or extractions without being anesthetized. We utilize the safest available gas anesthetics and administer oxygen during the entire dental procedure. Using the most modern equipment, the patient's vital signs are monitored throughout the entire procedure. Consistent with our emphasis on patient safety, our equipment and staff monitor your pet's heart rate, blood oxygen level, exhaled carbon dioxide (one of the most valuable anesthetic parameters), blood pressure and core body temperature.



We recommend an annual dental exam and regular teeth cleaning as needed to preserve your pet's healthy teeth and gums. Our dentistry services for dogs and cats include: 


 -    Complete Dental and Oral Cavity Exam


 -    The most up-to-date methods of anesthesia, patient monitoring and pain management protocols

 -    Ultrasonic Scaling of the teeth (to remove tartar/calculus)

 -    Scaling and Root Planing below the gum line

 -    Polishing of the teeth (after scaling)

 -    Dental Extractions as needed

 -    Oral Surgery

 -    X-rays

 -    Periodontal Disease Treatments

 -    Gingivectomy when appropriate

 -    Gingival Tumor Removal

 -    Gingival Flap Procedures




The Dental Procedure 


Proper cleaning of the teeth requires complete cooperation of the patient so that tartar on the cheek and tongue sides of the teeth may be removed. A general anesthetic is used to permit doing a thorough job. The veterinarian will perform a physical exam prior to the procedure to check your pets general health. However, because there is always the possibility that a physical exam alone may not identify all health problems, we recommend that pre-anesthetic blood tests be performed within 60 days of the procedure. We will use the information obtained from these tests to tailor an anesthetic protocol especially for your pet so that it will be as safe and comfortable as possible during the dental procedure. 


First, pre-anesthetic tranquilizer/ analgesic drugs are given to your pet. Next, an I.V. catheter is placed and the general anesthetic is administered. Our trained technical staff will then clean and polish the teeth under the supervision of our doctors and registered veterinary technicians. The mouth will be examined for any signs of infected or loose teeth, gingival tumors, or other lesions. Once these issues have been addressed, the mouth is given a last rinse with an antiseptic solution. 


Your pet will awaken in our intensive care area under direct supervision, and will be monitored for any signs of pain or discomfort following the procedure.




Pre-Procedure Instructions 


-    No food or treats after 8pm the night before the procedure

-    Check-in with the doctor between 7:30 and 8:30 AM on the morning of the procedure.


-    The staff will discuss discharge times and aftercare instructions.

-    When you bring your pet in for dentistry, you will need 5 to 7 minutes to fill out paperwork and
decisions about  blood testing and other options available. When you pick up your pet
      after dentistry, you should also plan to spend a few minutes to go over your pet's home care



Post-Procedure Instruction


-    Once home, allow an hour or two for your pet to unwind after the hospital visit and car ride
     before offering anything orally.


-    Start by offering a small amount of water. If this is well tolerated, a small meal can generally
      be offered an hour or two later. 


-    We will send pain medication home for your pet if we foresee that he/she will need them
     following the procedure.  You can also monitor your pet for signs of pain or discomfort.
     Please contact us if you have any concerns or observe  your pet exhibiting any of the
     following signs or behaviors:


      -    Posture: drooping of the head


      -    Temperament: aggression, guarding of the mouth or head, avoidance of social interaction,
            hiding, abnormal behavior


      -    Movement: reluctance to move, prolonged lying or sitting, or acting tender, 
ncomfortable or restless


      -    Appetite: decrease in food or water intake

      -    Grooming: decrease in normal grooming habits OR excessive grooming or licking

      -    Vocalizing: crying out or whining


Home Dental Care


Routine Home Dental Care will help preserve your pet's "pearly whites" between dental cleanings.
We can help tailor an at-home program for you and your pet:


   -    Dental Food, Treats and Chews - Feeding a dental diet, or dental treats or chews to your pet
         on a regular basis will help to remove plaque and prevent bacteria as they chew.


   -    Rinses - Oral rinses help kill bacteria and prevent tartar.


   -    Brush - Brushing your pet's teeth regularly with a toothbrush and pet tooth paste is
        the ideal way to take care of your pet's teeth at home.