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A dental cleaning performed under anesthesia can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, beginning with pre-procedure blood work and patient preparation.
The actual dental cleaning itself typically lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. If extractions are necessary, dental cleanings can take as many as 2 hours.
We do not use anesthesia for our cleanings, so cleanings usually take roughly 45 minutes to an hour depending on the level of cleaning needed and the disposition of your pet.
Pets wake up almost immediately after the procedure is completed, as most anesthetics are reversible. Pets could experience fatigue for 12-24hrs after waking up from anesthesia.
Anesthesia is usually safe when proper protocols are followed, and the pet has had the necessary bloodwork done, as long as everything comes back within normal ranges. Although it is rare, death can occur due to complications while being under anesthesia.
Anesthetic dental cleanings can range from $600-$1200.
The best way is to brush your pet’s teeth 4-6 times per week with any toothpaste that is made specifically for dogs and cats. We also recommend products and dental chews that contain parsley, coconut oil, or kelp. These ingredients help reduce bacteria, tartar, and plaque. Do not use human toothpaste, as it could be harmful to your pet. The best way to minimize the amount of plaque buildup is to keep up with your pet’s non-anesthetic dental cleanings 2-3 times a year.
We do not recommend scraping tartar or plaque off your pet’s teeth on your own. It can damage the enamel or lead to other complications including bleeding gums. We recommend a reputable and qualified provider to perform a dental cleaning procedure.
Chewing plays an important role in abrading tartar. Chewing can be more effective when chews are coated with coconut oil. Small amounts of organic, unrefined coconut oil helps prevent tooth decay and bad breath due to the lauric acid found in coconut oil, which happens to kill bacteria.
We use a medium-grit, fruit-flavored prophy polishing paste. We do not recommend this for at-home use. For daily use, we recommend any toothpaste that is made specifically for dogs and cats. We also recommend products that contain parsley, coconut oil, or kelp. These ingredients help to reduce bacteria and plaque. Do not use human toothpaste, as it could be harmful to your pet!
Yes! Dogs’ teeth can be cleaned without anesthesia. We always make an assessment prior to the procedure to ensure that your pet is a good candidate for a non-anesthetic dental cleaning.
During a non-anesthetic dental cleaning – also known as NADS – your pet’s teeth are safely cleaned without the use of any sedatives, anesthesia, or other medications.
Although there are risks associated with any type of pet care service, we’ve done our very best to eliminate almost all of them, thanks to a significant investment in procedure development and training. We’re proud to say we’ve safely performed over 12,000 anesthesia-free pet dentals (and counting)! Some pet parents have reported thirst or fatigue in their cat or dog after a non-anesthetic dental cleaning, and there may be a bit of temporary gum irritation, as well.
No, our pet dentals are drug-free! Instead of using potentially harmful sedating medications, we utilize minimal restraint techniques to keep pets calm and comfortable. We swaddle small dogs and cats in a towel to make them feel safe and secure. Large dogs are cradled in our laps or held in whatever position makes them feel the most at ease. And we reduce anxiety further by ensuring pets get short breaks throughout the procedure.
Sanitation and safety are very important to us! We not only customize the tools we use for each pet’s dental cleaning needs, but we also have a stringent sterilization process. Every dental tool is sterilized in an ultrasonic cleaner after use and stored in an individual sterile pouch until it’s needed for our next procedure.
For routine and preventative dental care, non-anesthetic dental cleanings are just as effective as those using anesthesia. When a pet needs a more invasive procedure, such as a tooth extraction, an anesthetic dental cleaning is recommended.
No, not all dogs need to be sedated for teeth cleaning. Most dogs will be able to have a non-anesthetic dental cleaning procedure. However, an assessment should be done on all pets prior to the non-anesthetic cleaning to ensure they are a good candidate.
For most pets, we recommend a professional cleaning every 6 months, although some cats and dogs might need one more frequently. It all depends on the individual pet’s dental care needs, and what you’re doing at home to address them, including brushing your pet’s teeth daily, administering water additives, or providing dental chews.
As we don’t use any type of medication during our procedures, we highly recommend you discuss this with your veterinarian. If you do choose to administer Benadryl or any other kind of sedative prior to your pet’s dental cleaning, please let us know before we begin by indicating on your consent form which type of medication and when it was administered.