[quote=toosleepy;259762]all i can say is you get what you pay for. There are so many non licensed "dentists" out there these days. I always make sure my dentist is a vet, and i use one that specalizes in teeth and does it every day. Also how much can you actually get done with out sedation? I've seen the specailist (who i use), regular vets, and then non vets (that say they are dentist) all do teeth.
To me they need to be sedated in order to get a complete exam as their tounge is moving all around and i don't care for my work to be done blind. quote]
I would be happy to tell you about my experience of dental work without sedation- again it may not be everyones cup of tea, but experience DID open my eyes.
A bit of a backround to my horse. I had the work done (my trimmer who was doing hands on classes and getting certified for Natural Balance dentistry) on my Peruvian Paso mare. My Peruvian has had a really hard time with trust issues with having issues with her tendons and ligaments (DSLD issues) she was not trusting of my vet, trimmer, ect. My trimmer was trimming her feet for a long time and always trying to win her trust, but my mare was always stand offish of her. Well I agreed that my mare was having some dental issues so I told her that we would take a look at her so we set it up for a afternoon. She brought her tools- the speculum and HAND files. (no power tools) My mare was obviously nervous by the sight of new things and knew that this probably was not going to be good, heehee. So she put the speculum on her and gave her time to figure it out. She then opened her up and felt around AND looked and what she may need or not need and then closed her mouth and moved her jaw and saw where she was possibly catching, ect. After explaination to me at what she was going to do and why she would - she began to work. My mare's whole demeanor changed- she was open to what was going on and almost seemed like she was ENJOYING it. She didn't have any major issues that she was dealing with either- some minor hooks in the back. She was careful to give my mare lots of breaks of having her mouth open. After a bit I didn't even need to hold the lead once she felt what was going on. When she was giving her breaks and she was cleaning her file my mare was literally following her to the bucket. She then was trying to open her mouth with the speculum in. When she put her hand in and was finding the spot again (looking and feeling) my mare was leaning into it and shaking her head as if showing the right spot. If my mare dropped her head then she would drop down and move with the horse- it was whatever was comfortable for her.
I honestly can say that if I wouldn't have witnessed it (knowing my own horse and her trust issues), I may not have believed it, but honestly I can say that my mare really seemed to enjoy it. I know not every horse will have the same reaction, but I do know that sedation is not needed and feel that the job can be done without it.
Our horses teeth were checked every year and if they needed to be floated- they were. I have never witnessed that reaction when my vet did it.