Non-anesthetic dental procedures don’t work
Anesthesia is safe and provides your pet with a stress-free and pain-free cleaning.

Feb 9, 2021 | 3 minute read

Cats and dogs won’t sit still for a dental cleaning. Anesthesia is the only way a vet can remove disease-causing bacteria from your pet’s teeth and gums.

Recently, we’ve seen non-anesthetic dental procedures promoted for pets. Don’t believe the hype. These providers are preying on your fears about anesthesia. They falsely promise that non-anesthetic dental cleanings are easy, safe and effective. They’re not.

We know your cat and dog won’t sit still during a dental cleaning. So, the truth is, a non-anesthetic procedure won’t be much of a cleaning at all! The disease-causing bacteria in your pet’s mouth and gums will remain there.

No matter what you hear, anesthesia during a dental procedure is the gold standard.

Goodheart ensures your pet’s safety:

-We do blood tests before to confirm your pet can tolerate anesthesia.

-We use the safest, most researched anesthetics on the market. In fact, the medicines we use are also safe for humans. As a much-loved family member, your pet deserves no less.

-There are always 2 people monitoring your pet throughout the dental cleaning. We pay close attention to your pet’s heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, body temperature, and electrocardiogram readings.

We’re here for you if you have questions or concerns about your pet’s teeth. Set up your pre-dental visit today.

As Dr Alex Robb at Goodheart notes, “anesthesia lets us safely perform x-rays and clean teeth below the gums. This is necessary to ensure your pet’s oral health is in great shape.”

Moreover, Dr Beth Spencer says “pets have a different “bite than” us. Humans can stick a toothbrush in their mouths and reach every tooth. That doesn’t work in pets. Their upper teeth actually COVER their lower teeth making evaluation and cleaning impossible with them awake (and hard to properly brush at home)

Dr Beth says, “Think about how much work you put into your human teeth – brushing, flossing, rinsing twice daily. I have never had a cavity, but my dentist still spends 20-30 minutes scaling my teeth when I go to the dentist every 6 months. Imagine how gross your mouth would be if you didn’t do any of that care. Once a year is a must!”
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