What to expect when you visit us?
When you schedule an appointment at the Hospital for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery (HVDOS), our goal is to treat your pet with a high level of expertise and compassion that we would want for our own pets. Visits to HVDOS begin with a consultation. At the time on consultation, you and your pet will meet our highly trained technical staff who will discuss the reason for your visit as well as collect important medical history. Next our dentists will perform an awake oral examination on your pet and discuss their findings and create a customized treatment plan based on your pets needs and options available. A physical examination will also be performed to ensure that your pet is a candidate for anesthesia, which is a necessary part of all dental procedures. After discussing our recommendations with you, we will schedule your pet for an anesthetized dental procedure. Our dental nurses will meet with you the morning of the procedure to answer any questions or concerns that you may have at that time. The dental nurse admitting your pet into the hospital will be your point of contact for the day. After your pet is admitted to the hospital, great care is taken to ensure that your pet remains as stress free as possible. Patients are given preanesthetic medications to reduce anxiety and provide pain control prior to any dental procedures being started. Your pet will be anesthetized and monitored by our highly trained and licensed team members. All dental procedures being with dental radiographs. If you would like to see the radiographs prior to any treatment being initiated, please let your doctor know. We will be happy to show and explain what we find so that you are aware of the treatment decisions being made. If you are unable to be present, we will gladly call you with our findings. Once treatment is completed and your pet is safely awake from anesthesia, the dentist will call you to discuss the procedure. A discharge appointment will be scheduled so that we can discuss any special instructions for your pet as well as any follow up care that is recommended. A recheck will also be scheduled if recommended by the dentist.