The veterinary industry has become increasingly concerned about the current trend of providing dental cleanings for dogs and cats without anesthesia. The American Animal Hospital Association has included a requirement for well-monitored inhalant anesthesia for all dental procedures in their guidelines for dental procedures. The American Veterinary Dental College also produced a position statement indicating their requirements for anesthesia for all dental procedures in cats and dogs.
The contributors to this website also strongly believe that anesthesia-free dentistry is a risky procedure with few benefits.
Below is a video produced by the Veterinary News Network explaining their concerns about anesthesia-free pet dentistry.