Anatomy of a standard oral hygiene procedure
- Intravenous fluids to support the anesthetized patient delivered via infusion pump which keeps the flow rate constant.
- Magnifying head piece to better visualize details in relatively small mouths .
- Intraoral dental xray machine. One can not fully evaluate the dental / oral health of a patient without this. Extraction procedures should never be done with out the aid of intraoral radiography.
- Patient external heating equipment to help maintain normal body temperature which tend to drop while under general anesthesia.
- Patient monitoring equipment is needed to help adjust and more safely administer the general anesthesia. Parameters measured include things such as blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates, SPO2, ECG, core body temperature, and end tidal CO2.
- Trained staff to also monitor and record the patient's vitals signs.
- Inhalation anesthesia including intubation to protect the patient's airways.
- Ultrasonic scaling equipment to remove gross calculus plus polishing equipment to remove fine residue on teeth.
- Hand instruments needed for more detailed cleaning of teeth and for detecting and measuring any pathology.
- Air and water syringe for clearing away debris and drying tooth surfaces.
- A good light source which is essential for visualizing within the oral cavity.