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Dental Nerve Block

Pain is easier to control, and often with lower doses, if medications are given before the painful event. It is also often more effective, as well as safer to use lower doses of multiple pain medications (referred to as a multi-modal approach) than to give a huge dose of a single drug and have a higher risk of side effects. Local anesthesia is one way to provide this pre-emptive pain management and can easily be combined into a multi-modal program; it is a simple and convenient way to provide pain management during dental procedures, such as extractions.

Local anesthesia allows us to control pain at the “root” of the problem (no pun intended). It blocks sensation exactly where it is applied. Strategic placement over a nerve will block the entire region of the body that that nerve innervates, as when a dentist freezes just the lower left side of your mouth. Veterinarians do the same type of local anesthesia for canine and feline extractions. There is no sedation, or “hangover” from local anesthesia, and these injections typically will last between 30 minutes to 4 hours, so while they are great for pain control during and shortly after the procedure, they do not provide prolonged pain control for after the fact. Thus, additional pain medications might be used at home afterward in a multi-modal approach to pain control.

While general anesthesia prevents some pain, successively higher doses are needed for more painful procedures like dental extractions. Higher doses of a general anesthetic can have significant deleterious effects on blood pressure and cardiovascular function. By using local nerve blocks, the pain control no longer falls entirely on the general anesthetic; a lower anesthetic dose is required to keep the patient comfortable and thus a lower chance for side effects on their heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure, resulting in an overall safer procedure and anesthetic.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905.689.8005. We will open the door and bring you and your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We ask 1 client per pet please. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm, & Closed on Sundays.

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon are closed until further notice.

5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

8. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital