Dental procedures that are safe and effective require anesthesia. During dental procedures, we use an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth including under the gum line, where most dental disease occurs. Next, the teeth are polished to create a smooth enamel surface to help prevent the recurrence of dental tartar.
A complete set of digital dental x-rays are performed as a standard for proper care. Without them, it is impossible to fully evaluate a patient’s oral health and ensure that extractions, if needed, are carried out appropriately. Teeth that are severely diseased or fractured are extracted to prevent continued infection and pain. We may offer alternative treatment options for teeth that are only mildly or moderately affected.
Pets deserve pain-free mouths.
Anesthesia free dental cleanings require your pet to be restrained while visible tartar is scraped with a sharp instrument. The truth is that anesthesia free dentals do not provide any benefit to your pet and they do not prevent periodontal disease at any level. Here’s what else they can and cannot do:
An anesthesia free dental CAN:
An anesthesia free dental CANNOT:
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
“Cleaning a companion animal’s teeth without general anesthesia is considered unacceptable and below the standard of care. Techniques such as necessary immobilization without discomfort, periodontal probing, intraoral radiology, and the removal of plaque and tartar above and below the gum line that ensure patient health and safety cannot be performed without general anesthesia.”
California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
“Performing anesthesia-free teeth cleaning using any instrument, device, or scaler is illegal unless the individual is licensed by the California Veterinary Medical Board.”
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
“When procedures such as periodontal probing, intraoral radiography, dental scaling, and dental extraction are justified by the oral examination, they should be performed under anesthesia.”
American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC)
“Access to below the gum line, where disease is most prominent, is impossible in an unanesthetized canine or feline patient… Anesthesia with a cuffed endotracheal (ET) tube protects the patient from pain and inhaling infection and debris… A complete oral examination is not possible on an unanesthetized patient.”