FAQS

Did you know that bad breath is

one of the first signs of dental disease?

-  Frequently Asked Questions  -

HOW MUCH DENTAL SURGERY / HOW MUCH ARE EXTRACTIONS? CAN YOU GIVE ME A PRICE RANGE?
  • In order to give you an accurate estimate you must bring your pet in for veterinary dental exam. The exam includes detailed dental charting, and sometimes pictures and videos. After thee exam is complete you’ll receive a private one-on-one consult with our veterinarian. They’ll be able to give you a full assessment of what your pet needs and what type of procedure they recommend.
  • Pricing is dependent on several different factors:
○ What stage of periodontal disease does your pet currently have?
○ Does your pet need dental x-rays?
○ Has blood work been performed in the past two months?
○ Does your pet have any preexisting conditions?
○ Are there any dental abscesses, that require extraction?
○ Do any multi rooted teeth need to be extracted?
○ What is the extent of dental surgery needed?
  • Every pet is different and recommendations widely vary from pet to pet, we cannot give estimates before conducting a thorough dental exam.
SEDATION VERSUS ANESTHESIA, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
  • Sedation: Is the use of IV chemical restraint WITHOUT ANESTHESIA. This sedation is typically in the form of a tranquilizer, a analgesic (opiate), and a muscle relaxant (benzodiazepine). That combination of medication is a safer alternative to anesthesia, and is reversible. This means that the patient wakes up smoothly, and is typically 100% recovered within 24 hours.
  • Anesthesia: is when patients are under general gas anesthesia, and are monitored using anesthetic monitor equipment during the procedure. There is a higher risk of life threatening complication in these cases. Recovery time is generally longer than with sedation.
WHAT IF MY PET IS TOO STRESSED, OR WHAT IF I PREFER FOR MY PET TO BE SEDATED?
After completing a veterinary dental exam, the on-site veterinarian will determine the candidacy of your pet for a sedated dental, known as a “twilight dental.” This procedure incurs an additional cost, and extends your visit by approximately thirty minutes. This procedure is 100% non-anesthetic.
HOW DO GET A DOG OR CAT TO STAND STILL DURING THE DENTAL CLEANING?
  • At Green Dog Dental we create a calm stress free, fear free environment so pets feel as though they are visiting a friend, rather than a veterinary office. There is no nose-to-nose contact with any of our pet patients. We also have several calming essential oils diffusing throughout the clinic so pets can not smell other animals when they arrive.
  • Prior to starting the procedure our technicians spend some time on the floor with the animals establishing trust, socializing, touching them, rubbing their bellies and touching their face.
  • Our dental technicians are experienced, understand animal behavior and have exceptional animal handling skills for this procedure. Our technicians sit on the floor at eye level with the pets to make them feel more comfortable and before beginning the procedure they spend time talking to their patients to make sure they are trusting and feel safe.
  • In the rare occasion we have a patient who’s very anxious, we will utilize our swaddle method, comfortably swaddling the pet as we do with human infants.
  • If all above techniques do not work and your pet is still stressed or nervous, we will not proceed with the dental cleaning. Our veterinarian can offer a light sedative to take the edge off for those more anxious or aggressive pets.
WHAT IS A GREEN DOG DENTAL & WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Dental cleanings under anesthesia are the gold standard of veterinary dentistry. However, there are instances in which anesthesia can be avoided. Green Dog Dentals are performed while your pet is awake. Therefore, we strive to create a fear-free, stress-free environment for all our patients. We believe that the experience for each pet begins at the door, that is why our focus is to make sure your pet feels comfortable and safe. There is a lot of touching, cuddling and socializing prior to beginning the procedure.

The Green Dog Dental is composed of a four step process:

  • First: Comprehensive Veterinary Dental Exam
  • Second: Dental Scaling & Polishing
  • Third: Private Veterinary Consultation
  • Fourth: Dental & Healthcare Plan

Read more about the Green Dog Dental here

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PET NEEDS A DENTAL?
Just lift your pet’s lip, and take a look! It is time for us to perform a dental on your pet if they show any of the following signs:
  • Bad breath, one of the first signs of dental disease.
  • Decreased interest in food
  • Red, swollen or recessed gums
  • Difficulty eating (especially hard kibble)
  • Any pain associated with the mouth
  • Drooling (sometimes with blood)
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Excessive plaque and tartar buildup
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • White discharge (pus)