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Dental Blocks

Nerve blocks are an essential component of a high-quality dentistry service in small-animal practice and contribute extensively to maximizing the safety of the anesthetic event.

Just like in humans, local anesthesia is very beneficial when it comes to managing pain during dental treatments for dogs and cats. Pain resulting from oral surgery will decrease your animal’s interest in food and can cause unwanted stress in postoperative care.

Local anesthetics are incredibly effective, inexpensive and easy to use. They work by preventing pain impulses from reaching the central nervous system. This will help reduce the doses of general anesthetic used during the dental procedure. They are used to block individual teeth or a specific nerve pathway to completely desensitize an anatomical area.

Examples of local anesthetic drugs are: lidocaine and bupivacaine and some of the most common regional blocks are described below.

Caudal mandibular (inferior alveolar): injecting around the caudal foramen, that is located in the jaw will effectively anesthetize inferior alveolar nerve, affecting bone, dental and soft tissues on the same side, cranial (towards the nose) to the injection site.

Maxillary or infra-orbital block: the infra-orbital foramen is a structure that is located around the 4th premolar on the upper dental arcade, and injecting an anesthetic in this area will anesthetize the buccal aspect (the outside) of the upper dental arcade.

Local blocks are and should be used routinely to promote comfort to your pet. Header image placement of a needle for an infra-orbital block on a canine.

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CONTINUE TO SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Tuesday to Thursday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

5. PET BOARDING & GROOMING

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital