The process for Non-Anesthetic Teeth Cleaning
Most pets are very cooperative during the teeth cleaning process. All pets are handled gently with care and are treated like our own. Larger pets lie on the ground comfortably in front of the technician where the mouth can be easily accessed for the cleaning. (Small pets, including cats, are gently swaddled in a soft towel for the cleaning procedure.) The technician gently grasps the muzzle and begins hand-scaling the teeth. This is where heavy calculus build up is removed. For pets with areas that require a deeper cleaning or for stubborn tartar, an ultrasonic scaler is used. This tool helps to vibrate away tartar while rinsing with water in areas that are difficult to clean with a traditional hand-scaler. Once calculus and plaque are removed from all surfaces of the teeth, your pet is ready for the final stages of the cleaning. Your pet’s teeth are then polished with an organic paste safe for cats and dogs. Finally, your pet will receive an organic oral rinse to fight off any remaining bacteria.
*All instruments are sterile between pets and new gloves and polisher heads are used to prevent cross contamination.
*Any pets that exhibit signs of stress may be evaluated by the on-site DVM for light sedation methods to be approved by the pet owner.
Start young and introduce the concept of brushing as early as possible. Brush daily! Brushing is the first line of defense.
We are able to offer a sedative for those pets that exhibit signs of stress are too wiggly or try to bite. The type of sedative that we offer is in the form a shot (like a muscle relaxer) and is injected into the muscle. Our DVM prefers the use of Xylazine. Your pet will be conscious but very relaxed for approximately 1 to 2 hours. Recovery may take longer for larger or older pets.
While most first-time dentals can be completed in less than 30 minutes, some dentals can take up to 1 hour or more and there is no recovery time unless they’ve been sedated!