Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleaning – Is it for your Pet?
The Well Animal Institute provides the services of anesthesia-free teeth cleaning for dogs and cats. Our training technicians clean your pet’s teeth under supervision of a licensed veterinarian. It is always up to the veterinarian whether your animal is a candidate for this service. This is not intended to replace a dental under anesthesia but rather to be part of your pet’s dental plan.
We believe that removing the plaque and tartar before it can cause periodontal disease goes a long way toward better dental health for your pet.
Please allow us to walk you through our step by step procedure:
- First every patient receives a thorough pre oral exam and a detailed medical history is taken. Our technicians and the veterinarian look at the over-all oral health of the pet and discuss any other health issues that may be present.
- Then we calmly and quietly hold them in our laps to preform the dental cleaning which starts with a scaling of each tooth and all its surfaces (lingual, buccal, interproximal surfaces). The plaque and calculus is removed above the gum line (supragingival) with a hand scaler and then then plaque and calculus is removed from below the gum line(subgingivally) with a cuette. Areas with pockets are probed and measured and a complete charting of the mouth is done on each tooth for each patient. We continue to monitor their stress level throughout the dental.
- When all the areas have been cleaned your pets teeth are polished. Polishing both removes stains and helps smooth out rough surfaces for those pets that allow us, we will use a high speed polisher, otherwise we will hand polish.
- We use a Chlorhexidine rinse to disinfect your pet’s mouth when we are finished. If our pet needs antibiotics the veterinarian can prescribe them on site.
- When we return your pet you will receive a report card explaining everything we found in the mouth and discuss with you any follow up care. We recommend you brush their teeth every day and get a checkup with cleaning once a year for most large dogs and 2-4 times a year for small dogs.
We have been offering Anesthesia – Free dentals to customers in the Denver area since 2003. Please visit our website to see our listing of locations near you, or call our office at 303-654-0560.
Every effort will be made to remove the tartar from your pet’s teeth. However, they are awake and it maybe impossible to remove all the tartar.
Please understand that a non-anesthetic dental exam and cleaning may not be as thorough as an anesthetic dental exam, cleaning and x-rays, but rather is just one part of a complete dental care plan for your pet. By using this opportunity to learn about dental care and health you may reduce the number and duration of future anesthetic dental cleanings/exams.
If your Pet needs antibiotics there will be an additional charge of $20.00