Alternative to Anesthetic Dental


Do animals need dental care too?

Absolutely, a pets oral care needs are very similar to a human's, but the difference is that we can brush and floss daily to prevent dental problems. Cats and dogs are subject to the same conditions we would suffer from in the absence of daily preventive care. These problems include plaque and tartar buildup, bad breath and gum disease; which can lead to much more serious problems.

Grand Pet Care Center is taking a pro-active stance. It's come to our Staff's attention, that some of our clients don't feel comfortable having their pets teeth cleaned due to their fear of anesthesia... We listened.

Monday, July 25th, GPCC has invited Pet Dental Specialist, Steve Neske of Veterinary Dental Services to perform non-anesthetic dental care. Please book your appointment now as spots are beginning to fill up.

Veterinary Dental Services have been providing personalized dental health care for the Pets of Orange County for over a decade.

If you have any questions concerning how non-anesthetic dental care works, don't hesitate to call us at 800/FOR-A-VET or refer to our Commonly Asked Question, below:

1. Do you curette below the gum line?

Yes, we curette below the gingival margin until the enamel surface is smooth and free of calculus. If calculus is detected at a level we cannot reach effectively, then the areas will be recorded in the pet's records and the veterinarian will be notified.

2. Do you machine polish?

Yes, a full machine polish containing fluoride is a routine part of the dental procedure. After polishing, the teeth are wiped clean or excess polish in order to avoid ingestion.

3. Can you effectively clean lingual/medial aspects of teeth?

We have developed a proven technique to scale both the lingual and medial aspect of every arcade.

4. What if the patient is fractious or stressed?

If a patient proves to be fractious or stressed, and routine calming methods are ineffective, mild sedation may be requested. Otherwise, they will be referred to the veterinarian to consider an anesthetic dental.

5. What criteria do you use to determine that a patient is not a good candidate for a non-anesthetic dental?

Patients may be declined and referred back to the veterinarian if we observe:

A.) Loose or fractured teeth

B.) Pulp canal exposure

C.) Severe gingivitis, periodontitis or pyorrhea

D.) Any condition causing hyperesthesia

6. What training do VDS employees undergo to qualify them to perform non-anesthetic dental cleanings?

Our technicians have several years experience in small animal dentistry within veterinary hospitals. Each technician goes through an extensive on-the-job training program prior to working independently and accrues continuing credits on an ongoing basis.

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