Dentistry: 480-635-1110 ext. 8

Dr. Chris Visser, DAVDC

Dr. Chris VisserDr. Visser specializes in endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, maxillofacial trauma and oral cancer surgery.

Dr. Curt Coffman, DAVDC

coffman azvdsDr. Coffman works with referral, dentistry patients where his areas of major interest include restorative dentistry and regenerative periodontal surgery.

Dr. Michael Balke, DVM, DAVDC

balke azvdsDr. Balke’s interests are oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontic and periodontal therapy. 

10 Reasons Not to Use Anesthesia Free Pet Dental Cleanings

Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists is strongly opposed to any type of anesthesia free dental cleanings or pet teeth scaling. We remain commited to educating the public about the risks of anesthesia free dental care to their pets. A proper pet dental cleaning should always be performed by a veterinarian and involve safe anesthesia and dental radiographs. Learn more about professional pet dental cleanings at Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists.

  1. A thorough exam and cleaning can’t be done on a dog or cat that is awake.
  2. Most oral disease happens below your pet’s gum line and dental x-rays are the only way to identify painful problems such as fractured teeth, periodontal disease or other problems. Dental x-rays can’t be performed on an awake pet.
  3. Cleaning and scaling below the gum line is important because it’s where periodontal disease is most active. This can’t be done without anesthesia.
  4. Anesthesia free dental cleanings require a pet to be restrained while having their teeth scraped, which is both stressful and likely painful for them.
  5. Anesthesia allows us to properly care for your pet’s teeth safely, adequately and without pain.
  6. Anesthesia free dental scaling without proper polishing leaves a surface on the pet’s teeth that promotes faster growth of the bacteria that causes periodontal disease.
  7. Anesthesia free dental cleanings give pet owners a false sense of security. Unfortunately, just because their pet’s teeth appear cleaner doesn't mean they are free from oral disease.
  8. There are significantly increasing numbers of pets who, after a number of years of anesthesia free dental cleanings, have developed severe periodontal disease resulting in multiple extractions or need for extensive treatment.
  9. Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in dogs and cats. Unfortunately there are typically no visible signs until it has progressed too far to be able to treat and save teeth. Anesthesia free dental cleanings do not begin to even identify, let alone address periodontal disease.
  10. The cost of anesthesia free dental cleanings may seem less. However, they put a pet owner at great risk for far more extensive costs in the future to treat problems that have been left untreated for a number of years.

Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists Scheduling & Referrals:

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Arizona Veterinary Specialties
86 W Juniper Ave.
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Phone: 480-635-1110 ext. 8

Fax: 480-365-0680

Other Locations:

Phone: 480-941-1738
Fax:(480) 941-0569

Phone: 602-942-1486
Fax: 602-942-1633