Questions about dentistry? You’re not alone! Here are some of our most frequently asked questions:
“Why do dental cleanings require anesthesia? I thought a groomer could clean my pet’s teeth without anesthesia”
A thorough, professional dental cleaning requires scaling the teeth both above and below the gum line, polishing both the exterior and interior tooth surfaces, and probing of the gums– all of which can only be done safely under anesthesia. If done without anesthesia, this type of dental work is ineffective, painful, and can actually be dangerous.
Anesthesia is also crucial to your pet’s overall well-being, minimizing stress and discomfort. Imagine your dog or cat awake and undergoing the type of cleaning you experience at the dentist!
Learn more about why safe, effective dental cleanings must be performed under anesthesia
“Isn’t anesthesia dangerous?”
We are passionate about providing your pet with the safest dental care available, which includes our approach to anesthesia. In fact, the risks of poor dental health dramatically outweigh those of modern, high quality, well-monitored anesthesia.
Our anesthesia protocols mandate the highest quality anesthesia and analgesia medications, the best possible monitoring equipment, and licensed veterinary technicians to carefully monitor our patients before, during, and after anesthesia.
Learn more about how we make anesthesia safety our priority here.
“Why is it so expensive? I’ve heard of other veterinarians that charge less for a dental cleaning”
Every veterinarian has a different Standard of Care, which translates into different costs of care. This can be confusing when trying to compare the price of dental cleanings because, often, similar-sounding procedures are not the same at different veterinary hospitals.
The good news is that once you know the right questions to ask, you can make an informed choice about what Standard of Care you would like for your pet. Click here to read about our Standard of Care, and to help understand what to consider when researching dental care.