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Posted on 07-21-2014

Why is Anesthesia Necessary for Dentistry?  Do you honestly think your pet would willingly open up its mouth for a dental scaling?

When I go to the dentist every 6 months I willingly sit and recline back in the dentist chair and open my mouth. I know what the dental hygienists are doing and allow them to poke and prod into my mouth at my gums and teeth.  I have 2 daughters, my eldest daughter is 7 years old. She unfortunately is afflicted with multiple dental issues from enamel hypoplasia (weak, brittle, and soft teeth) that affect her molars.  She is also very sensitive to instruments poked in her mouth probably because it hurts due to her soft teeth. I take my daughters to a Pediatric or Kids dentist specifically because my daughter is difficult at the dentist.  She isn’t known to make friends with her dental hygienist or dentist.  She grabs at her mouth, she sticks out her tongue at the instruments or just closes her mouth.  When the dentists attempts to use Nitrous gas which is otherwise known as Laughing gas she panics.  So just magnify the flailing hands and legs and mouth closing with the addition of laughing gas.  As a result of her panic reaction to Nitrous (laughing gas) I have to pay for an anesthesiologist to come into the dentists office and administer my eldest daughter injections of sedative and anesthetic agents to relax and calm her for the dentist to safely fix many of the enamel defects she has from Enamel Hypoplasia.   I request for this service because I know that sitting and holding down my daughter against her will is cruel and dangerous.  So replace my daughter with your cat or dog.  Pets will not willingly let us clean their teeth in a safe and thorough manner.  That is why we perform general anesthesia.  The anesthetic allows us to protect their airway and safely clean, probe and radiograph their teeth, administer local analgesia and make extractions when necessary.   I wish my daughter would allow for her defective teeth to be fixed while awake but she isn’t able to allow that to happen so as a result she gets an anesthetic as does your pet. I only want whats best for my daughter as well as what is best for your pet.  

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=168

https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/131015j.aspx

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