Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Instrument Care

October 15, 2018
Written by  Stephanie Goldschmidt, BVM&S, DAVDC .originalSmall animal dentistry is one of the most common disciplines practiced daily in veterinary medicine. To perform high-quality dentistry general anesthesia is required for both animal and practitioner safety. However, anesthesia and analgesia for the dentistry patient come with particular roadblocks given the chronic pain often encountered in these patients as well as the fact that a large majority of these patients are geriatric.


During the 2018 VHA Expo in a two-part series titled, "Anesthesia and Analgesia for the Oral Surgery Patient," Dr. Sandra Allweiler and Dr. Stephanie Goldschmidt will discuss management tips and techniques for anesthesia of the dental patient. Specifically, there will be a discussion on how best to anesthetically manage patients with common geriatric comorbidities, how to manage common complications that can occur during oral surgery such as hemorrhage, and how best to manage dental pain with an emphasis on regional block techniques. Lastly, there will be a case based session to help participants apply clinical knowledge and give the opportunity for additional questions on the anesthetic/analgesic management of the dental patient.

In addition to anesthesia and analgesia, proper utilization and care for dentistry specific instruments is paramount to instrument longevity and decreased user fatigue. In Dr. Goldschmidt's second session at the VHA Expo, "Review of the Instruments Used for Periodontal Treatment & Oral Surgery & How to Properly Care for Them," will review the proper nomenclature and use of common dental instruments as well as discuss proper instrument care. There will be a special focus on how to sharpen instruments used for periodontal therapy and surgical extractions. 

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