WHAT'S INVOLVED IN TEETH CLEANING
AND WHY IS GENERAL ANESTHESIA NEEDED?
To properly clean the pet's mouth, full access to all the teeth is needed. The pet will need to allow very delicate exploration under the gum line with pointed instruments, flushing with water, and the sound of the ultrasonic scaler and low speed polisher, just as you do when you see your own dentist. Unfortunately, we can't simply explain this to your dog or cat and expect them to hold their mouth open and allow this kind of manipulation. General anesthesia allows for painless extraction of rotten teeth, fear-free cleaning and polishing, and thorough examination and cleaning of each individual tooth. Here are the six steps involved in professional cleaning:
General anesthesia is performed with intravenous fluid support, a dedicated anesthesia monitoring technicians, a custom protocol for each patient based on individual blood test and examination results. Respect anesthesia but do not fear it. Do not allow your pet's mouth to become painful or infected because you fear it.
Read what the AVMA says:
Pets are thoroughly evaluated and screened for potential anesthetic risks. Dentistry is a low risk/high benefit procedure which we perform routinely on pets of all ages.