Re: What is the safest anesthesia for a dental procedure?
"what is the safest anesthesia?" The one your vet is most experienced with. Seriously. Are you going to ask him/her to use a drug or technique for the first time on your pet just because someone on a forum recommended it?
There are a ton of misconceptions about anesthesia floating around on the web and one of them is that the faster the recovery the safer the anesthesia. That just isn't true. For one thing, individuals react differently than other individuals to drugs and can react differently at different times. I can have two cats that received the same durgs recovering in adjacent cages and will have two totally different recoveries.
Secondly, a good anesthesia is one that provides good pain relief, keeps the animal still, and keeps the blood pressure up to preserve organ function. There isn't any "one size fits all" in anesthesia. A good protocol is tailored to the particular animal's age, health, demeanor, and the procedure being done.
Another misconception is that safety is related to the drugs used. It really is about the monitoring and I don't mean fancy equipment. The safest anesthesia is done with a trained assistant monitoring the pet throughout the entire procedure.
So forget about asking what drugs should be used. Ask your vet if someone is dedicated to monitoring your pet during the procedure.