Anesthetic vs. Anesthesia-Free Dental Procedures
Without exception both procedures should be performed under the direct supervision of a veterinarian.
At the PetPoint Dental Center we offer both dental cleaning under general anesthesia and anesthesia-free. The anesthesia-free cleaning is performed by an expert who focuses exclusively on this procedure.
Leading veterinary associations recommend for the clinical effectiveness and the safety and comfort of your pet, periodontal probing, intraoral x-rays, dental cleaning, and extractions should be performed under anesthesia.
An important complete oral examination that includes the surfaces of the teeth facing the tongue and areas of disease / discomfort can only be performed on an anesthetized patient.
Anesthetic procedures provide three important advantages; full cooperation of the patient, complete elimination of pain, and protection of the airway and lungs.
An anesthesia-free cleaning is considered complementary to the anesthetic procedure and can be recommended:
- In between regular anesthetic procedures if your pet is prone to a more rapid build-up of plaque and tartar.
- Pets and especially seniors with medical conditions for whom anesthesia could pose a health risk.
- Young pets with mild build-up as a preventive measure.
The anesthesia-free procedure addresses deposits above the gum line only therefore unsuitable for the purpose of diagnosing and preventing periodontal and other diseases caused by bacterial plaque and tartar.