Anesthesia-Free Dental Care for Dogs

Anesthesia free cleaning, removes the plaque and tartar out that builds up around the gums and teeth, prevents many of diseases.

Imagine how your teeth would look and feel if you didn’t brush them daily. The same applies to your pets’ teeth. Bad breath and stained teeth are unappealing, but many pet owners aren’t aware that these may be symptoms of serious gum disease. Unless you are regularly providing some form of dental care for your pet, you are neglecting an important factor in their overall health.



What is Dental Disease in Pets?

According to the AVDS 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by the age 3 show signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common conditions seen in pets today. The problem begins when plaque and tartar are allowed to build up on your pet’s teeth. Plaque harbors the bacteria, which can infect gum tissue and the roots of teeth resulting in disease and tooth loss.

Besides the negative impact on the oral health, bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the large blood vessels located near the gums and teeth. At this stage, the organs with the highest blood flow are most susceptible to infections: lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and even the brain. Damage to these organs caused by infection can shorten the lives of our pets.

Our dental technician is highly qualified to perform a thorough dental exam on your pet without the use of anesthesia. During the examination our technician will chart any abnormalities or concerns regarding your pet’s oral health.

The next step is removing all of the plaque above and below the gum line. When we are finished removing the buildup, we will polish the teeth using a fluoride-based pumice. Following your pet’s dental exam our technician can assist you in getting started on a home maintenance program to ensure the overall health of your pet.

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How can you effectively perform cleaning on a dog or cat while it is squirming around and under stress?

Our technician will sit at eye-level with the pet and use a variety of proprietary holds to maintain control while keeping our patient calm and comfortable. Pets are never forced or bullied into submission.

Are you able to do a thorough cleaning both above and below the gum line?

Absolutely! Our technician is highly skilled hygienists. They know the importance of removing all of the plaque from the outside and inside surfaces of the teeth, both above and below the gum line.

Don't most pets become frightened and panic when you attempt to use a scaler or a motorized polisher?

Our dental technician treats our patients much like a dentist treats a young child during a first-time dental visit. Our technician uses patience in their approach, and slowly introduce each phase of the procedure. As we build trust, almost every dog and cat we treat will allow us to use all of the exact same tools used in traditional veterinary dentistry.

Have you found this technique to be effective with high-risk patients?

Yes! Non-anesthetic dental cleanings are usually a much better alternative for older pets, and for pets with chronic kidney, liver or heart disease who might not be a candidate for general anesthesia.

Can our dental technician perform non-anesthetic dental (NAD) cleaning on virtually any dog?

No. While the vast majority of dogs and cats will benefit greatly from non-anesthetic dental, there are some for whom it is not appropriate.

Examples of pets who are poor candidates for non-anesthetic dental include pets with: severe gingivitis, caries, fractured teeth or stomatitis. Our non-anesthetic dental (NAD) technician is aware of the limitations of our drug-free technique.

Whenever they discover a loose or fractured tooth, gum disease, tumors, epuli, abscess or any other condition that necessitates a doctor’s intervention, they are quick to bring it to the attending vet’s attention.

In cases where it is discovered that NAD is not appropriate, pet owners are much more receptive to traditional dental methods because they know they have tried the drug-free approach first.

What does the hygienist do if a patient is completely uncooperative, overly fearful, or demonstrates highly aggressive behavior?

Our dental technician can usually tell within a few minutes whether the patient’s temperament will allow for a successful procedure. In some cases, they are able to calm fearful pets enough to allow for a full cleaning.

Other times, though, they will determine that the patient’s temperament simply is not conducive to anesthesia-free treatment and they will recommend an alternative treatment approach.