Twilight Dentistry

Twilight dentistry at Animal Healing Center is a safe and painless way to keep your cats’ and dogs’ oral health in top condition between general anesthetic dentistry with your regular veterinarian. It is not a replacement for dental procedures that require general anesthesia, such as oral x-rays or extractions, but it can reduce the frequency that general anesthetic dental care is needed for your cat or dog.

Although the gentle techniques for positioning your pet in the hygienist’s lap help reduce distress and allow for a thorough oral cleaning, most patients resist oral exams and are stressed by the sounds of dental equipment. We never want to lose your pet’s trust and have found that administering a mild tranquilizer with analgesic prior to the cleaning helps pets relax, experience less discomfort, and be at ease with the swaddling and noise of the ultrasonic scaler.

At Animal Healing Center we start each twilight dental with special laser treatment to help calm your pet. This is followed by laser treatment on the gums to reduce pain and inflammation during the procedure.

The teeth are then hand scaled to remove the bulk of the calculus, followed by ultrasonic scaling for subgingival tartar removal. After scaling the teeth are machine polished to remove scratches and burrs from teeth.

After the procedure, your pet’s mouth is rinsed w/ ozonized saline solution to kill any bacteria that remain. In addition to the ozone saline rinse, your cat or dog’s gums are treated with a violet laser as a final bactericidal measure.

Most patients are then sent home with probiotics to rub on the gums. This helps to establish the beneficial microflora in the mouth needed to fight bad oral bacteria. Your veterinarian at Animal Healing Center may make other go-home recommendations on an individual basis.

Please note that not all pets are candidates for twilight dentistry. Some pets’ dental disease is too advanced to benefit from twilight dentistry, and some pets may have concurrent health issues, such as neck or back pain that prevent them from being comfortably positioned for the procedure without a general anesthetic. Since our focus at Animal Healing Center is your pets’ optimal health and wellbeing our veterinarians may recommend dentistry with anesthesia at your regular vet’s office in these cases.

Only your veterinarian can decide if your cat or dog is a good candidate. If your pet is already a patient at Animal Healing Center call us today to schedule an evaluation for non-anesthetic dentistry. If you are interested in exploring a non-anesthetic dentistry option for your pet and your pet is not a current patient at Animal Healing Center, please call us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our veterinarians.