It is common for groomers or boarding facilities to offer “anesthesia-free” or “no-fear” dental cleanings but these are very detrimental to your pet’s oral health. The process of an anesthesia-free dental can also be stressful for your pet because they’re forced to stand still or are held down while someone scrapes and brushes their teeth.
Dental disease occurs as plaque accumulates on the surface of the teeth. During anesthesia-free dentals, this plaque is removed using a sharp instrument without smoothing out the surface of the tooth. This leaves the tooth with an uneven surface that’s a perfect environment for bacterial growth. Because of this, the plaque regenerates quickly and bacteria have more access to the tooth, causing further dental disease. Additionally, this method does not remove the plaque from beneath the gums, where most of it accumulates and thus does not decrease the health dangers associated with dental disease. In order to avoid the tooth decay that occurs in dental disease, the tooth surface must be smoothed and polished after the plaque is removed from beneath the gums. This can only be accomplished with the use of anesthesia and a professional dental scaling and polishing machine.
Anesthesia is also important because your pet does not understand why the procedure is occurring and can become agitated or scared. The anesthesia helps to calm them and prevent fear or stress. The Northside Animal Clinic uses as little anesthesia as possible to keep your pet anesthetized but allow them to wake up quickly after the procedure. This creates a safe environment where we can provide high quality care for your pet.