Your horse's dental appointment may take up to 60 minutes depending on what we find during the oral exam.
The first part of the procedure is to perform a complete oral exam. We use a dental head lamp, mouth speculum, mirror and various probes to perform a thorough inspection of the mouth of your horse.
Sedation, a complete oral exam can only be performed using sedation to relax the horse, and the use of a mouth speculum to have an unobstructed view of the dental arcades. Sedation is also given to help ensure the safety of both the horse and those involved in the dental procedure. The amount and type of sedation given is based on consideration of your horse's weight, age, breed, health and disposition. Care is always taken to administer the least amount of sedation necessary to perform the treatment.
The dental treatment plan for each horse is based upon the findings during the oral exam and consideration is always given to your horse's health, age, competitive discipline and dental history.
Certain dental imbalances cannot be fully corrected at one appointment, and a return visit usually in six months time, may be necessary.
There is the occasional horse, especially older horses and those with pre-existing dental pathology, that may experience slow eating for a day or two post-procedure. If deemed necessary your horse may be given an anti-inflammatory (Banamine or Bute) at the completion of the procedure. Based on the exam findings, other recommendations may be discussed with you by the veterinarian in charge of the case.
Your horse should be rested for the remainder of the day after the appointment, yet may return to regular work the following day.
You will receive a dental chart documenting the exam findings, procedure details, as well as our follow up recommendations, including when your next dental appointment is due. This chart is sent to you and also placed in your horse's permanent medical history records. We may also take photos to document your horse's exam.
A staff veterinarian will contact you regarding the need for any non routine follow up care.