Anesthesia Free Dental Cleaning
Why Choose Anesthesia Free Dental Cleaning
Thank you for expressing an interest in learning about anesthesia-free dental care. Awareness of the importance of preventative dental care has made the public aware of the limitations of dental procedures performed under general anesthetic.
Anesthetic-free teeth cleaning offers a safe, affordable alternative to the standard cleaning done under anesthetic. Using gentle handling techniques, our staff ot Doggie Dentals is able to effectively clean and polish your dog’s teeth while he remains alert and comfortable. Left untreated, periodontal disease causes redness and swelling of the gums and eventually the infection can affect the vital organs – kidneys, lungs, liver and heart. Eliminating the risk of anesthesia means dental care can be provided to most dogs, including older pets for whom anesthesia is no longer an option and dogs with medical conditions. It is healthier for your pet to not be put under anesthesia on a regular basis. Maintenance programs are offered every 60, 90 or 180 days.
SAFETY: No anesthesia eliminates the risk of potentially harmful side effects. There is no recovery time from commonly used drugs.
AFFORDABLE: Because your pet is not put under anesthesia, it is much more cost effective. Your vet obviously needs to charge more for the procedure and recovery time. Cost at Doggie Dentals for Anesthesia-free dental cleaning is $185.
HEALTHY: Clean teeth improves your pet’s health and reduces the risk of infection.
About The Procedure
Doggie Dentals offers many different levels of care from a routine preventative cleaning to treatments for your senior pet.
Each appointment will begin with a visual exam of your dog’s mouth. Any issues will be noted and appropriate treatment will be recommended. Your dog will be comfortably positioned and we will slowly and gently introduce him to the scaling procedure. We will then thoroughly remove the plaque and tartar from all surfaces of the teeth. The teeth are then polished.
The cleanings generally take anywhere from 20 – 45 minutes depending on the amount of plaque buildup and how your pet cooperates. Obviously some dogs absolutely will not cooperate with the procedure. We will stop the cleaning if an animal exhibits too much stress.
We then finish the procedure by providing you with instruction on home dental care.
Dental Care at Home
Home dental care can go a long way toward preventing dental disease. Some dogs will resist brushing, but most will eventually accept it, especially if you start young. Try to brush your dog’s teeth once a day or at least 3 times a week.
STEP 1: Pick a pet toothpaste your dog likes (they come in different flavors). Do not use human toothpaste or toothbrushes on your dog. Human toothpaste may be toxic to pets if ingested and human toothbrushes are usually too big for their mouths. Put a small amount on your finger and offer it to your dog as a treat or reward. Do this daily for several days. Once your dog accepts the toothpaste as a reward or treat, begin using your finger to simulate the brushing motion of a toothbrush while praising him.
STEP 2: In about a week, introduce a pet toothbrush. Apply a small amount of the pet toothpaste. Position the brush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth. Make small circular motions beginning at the back of the mouth, moving forward and around to the other side. You do not need to apply much pressure. The toothpaste itself does the work, not aggressive brushing.