If your cat should need dental work you will no doubt see a bill that is substantially higher than what you get from your own dentist when you go for your regular dental cleaning. There are several reasons for this, but it all comes back to one fact: effective feline dental work can’t be done without general anesthesia.
Cats hide pain extremely well, and dental pain is no exception. Cats with dental problems that would have any human screaming for an emergency dentist visit will often eat normally and behave as though everything is fine. It can be extremely difficult to determine at home if your cat has oral pain.
It can feel rather unlikely that your cat, who is eating and acting apparently normally, could be experiencing constant oral pain – yet it happens all the time, and cats hide it very well. One way we know this is what we see happen after dental problems are addressed.
Are anesthesia-free dental cleanings good and useful to do? This is not a simple question, but it has a simple answer: NO. Let’s look at why this is.