We are proud to offer non-anesthetic dental cleanings! Sometimes a dental cleaning isn’t always something that needs to happen with your pet under anesthesia. Due to certain health concerns, it can be a difficult decision to put your pet under anesthesia for many reasons; and more often than not, your pet’s dental health goes hand-in-hand with those concerns. Dental disease can affect important organ function of the liver, kidneys, heart, not to mention the amoun of kisses you want to recieve from your furry friend! If those organs are working harder already, anesthesia can be a greater risk and more challenging for your pet. With Animal Dental Care, you can feel confident that your pal’s teeth will be brought to pearly white status without the risk of anesthesia! We here at Wise & Wonderful Integrative Veterinary Center offer a monthly clinic for these cleanings that can be scheduled once Dr.Jordan has evaluated your pet’s teeth and elects them as candidates for this fabulous service. Not only is it safer and easier for your pet, it’s easy on your pocket book too!
Here’s a little Q and A from Animal Dental Care:
Q: Can a properly trained non-anesthetic dental (NAD) technician perform a cleaning on virtually any dog/cat?
A: 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. Your veterinarian should evaluate your pet to determine if this type of cleaning is the right approach for your pet. 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) technicians are 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.
Q: How can you effectively perform cleaning on a dog or cat while it is squirming around and under stress?
A: We 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. Most vets are totally amazed at how compliant dogs and cats become during the procedure.
Q: Are you able to do a thorough cleaning both above and below the gum line?
A: Absolutely! Our technicians are 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.
Q: Don’t most pets become frightened and panic when you attempt to use a scaler or a motorized polisher?
A: We treat our patients much like a dentist treats a young child during a first-time dental visit. We use patience in our 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.
Q: Have you found this technique to be effective with high-risk patients?
A: 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.
Q: What does the technician do if a patient is completely uncooperative, overly fearful, or demonstrates highly aggressive behavior?
A: A well-trained and experienced non-anesthetic dental (NAD) 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.