Dr. Rachwitz has a special interest in advanced veterinary dentistry. This includes endodontics (root canal), orthodontics, prosthodontics, facial trauma and oral surgery.  He is actively taking referrals from many Omaha-area veterinarians.
Unlike human dentistry, veterinary dentistry is always performed under general anesthesia.  This allows a clean, secure airway to be maintained at all times, prevents aspiration pneumonia, and allows the operator to clean subgingivally and perform other tasks that cannot be done correctly in an awake or twilight sedated patient.  Pre-anesthetic physical exams and recent laboratory blood testing is usually required prior to the procedure.

Our licensed veterinary technicians can also be considered our pet dental “hygenists”, as they have additional training and expertise in veterinary dentistry, oral surgery, and anesthesia.  Just like at your dentist’s office, they are often times responsible for cleaning and polishing the teeth in preparation for the COHAT (comprehensive oral health assesment and treatment).  Technicians also take the vast majority of the dental xrays and monitor vital parameters. 

While most pet owners arrange an appointment as a drop-off, where they continue on to work or their other daily activities, you are always welcome to wait in our lobby during your pet’s procedure.  It is critical that we can contact you DURING the procedure (usually by phone) so that Dr. Rachwitz can discuss his findings and treatment plan.  Whenever possible, all problems will be addressed on one visit, minimizing anesthesia.  Some oral health issues by their very nature require extensive follow up, multiple rechecks and multiple visits under general anesthesia.  We will inform you of your options and cost estimates at the initial exam.  Treatment plans frequently change once the anesthetized exam and radiographs (x-rays) are taken.

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