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The Veterinary Dental Debate Between Anesthetic and Non-Anesthetic Cleanings

by | Mar 28, 2018 | Veterinary Blog

If you are considering adding veterinary dental services to your list of services, you may we debating whether to go with anesthesia or not. There is certainly a lot of debate on this subject with many veterinarians on both sides of the fence.

  • Anesthesia During Cleanings – The use of anesthesia when performing veterinary dental cleanings has been typical procedure for a long time. Many veterinarians are comfortable with doing it this way and rarely have an incident. The arguments for this method are the reduction in anxiety in the pet and safety for the operator of the dental equipment. While most pet owners are aware that regular cleanings are important for overall health, the reality is many do not seek out these services until there is a problem. At this point, the process is more involved, and it will be easier on both patient and veterinarian if anesthesia is used.
  • Non-Anesthetic Cleanings – On the other side of the fence are those who feel that using anesthesia comes with unnecessary risks for such a simple procedure. It may be even more risky for certain patients, such as those that are older and ill. It is far from being a new technique, as many have done non-aesthetic cleanings for more than 20 years. Proponents say that there is less stress on the pet when the process is done properly than many believe, and when the pet is allowed to get comfortable with the veterinarian, there is no more risk than there is with any other exam and procedure.

Here at Georgian Anesthesia and Medical Corp., we will support you with whichever way you choose to go. We offer quality veterinary dental equipment, as well as anesthesia machines to facilitate doing cleanings at your facility if you so choose. Feel free to give us a call to learn more.