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

Dr. Nossaman’s advanced dentistry training program 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, Dr. Nossaman 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 Arizona Dog and Cat Dentistry the 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 Arizona Dog and Cat Dentistry
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, Dr. Nossaman 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. Victoria Lukasik, DVM, DACVA, board certified veterinary anesthesiologist is available upon request.

Arizona Dog and Cat Dentistry 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)

  • Continuous reading of the heart rate and rhythm, so that any abnormalities can be addressed in a timely manner
  • Especially critical with any history of heart disease

SPO2 (Oxygen saturation)

  • Continuous reading of oxygen availability to the tissues of the body
  • Important monitor of adequate breathing and lung function during anesthesia

CO2 (Carbon dioxide expelled)

  • Important monitor of adequate breathing and lung function during anesthesia

Blood pressure

  • Monitored to ensure that blood, with oxygen and nutrients, is being delivered to the organs throughout the body for normal function during anesthesia and afterward

Body temperature

  • Hypothermia (low body temperature) is a potential side effect with anesthesia and ensuring adequate body temperature is important for appropriate anesthetic metabolism and quick recovery from anesthesia

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