The float is only going to be as good as the person holding the tools. Power tools in the hands of an inexperienced or bad dentist can be more damaging than simple hand tools because they can take off too much tooth too quickly. I would be apprehensive about allowing the one with the power tools to work on my horses. A good way to check their work is at the start (with the speculum on) run your arm into the horse's mouth. Feels the points, waves and other abnormalities in the mouth. When they are done, feel again. Are the surfaces relatively flat and smooth? Can the jaw move side to side (grind) or does it hang up on a tooth?
My vet uses hand tools, sedation and a full mouth speculum. To me that's a minimum to get the job done right. He also limits it to 2 mouths at a time because it's physical work. If the vet can do 4-6, they're not working very hard. I'm wary of any vet who says the horses don't need sedation. If they spend 15 minutes on the mouth, they didn't do any balancing and might of just made things worse than better. Doesn't sound like either one would be on my list to call.
Last edited by Left Hand Percherons; 01-25-2012 at 02:51 PM.