Routine dental equilibration, also known as floating, is offered in conjunction with complete oral exams to ensure that our patients have healthy teeth. Sedation is usually required to allow correction of most dental abnormalities (especially in the back of the mouth); for the safety of your horse, the veterinarians at SWEH strive to use low doses of short acting sedatives whenever possible. Power and hand floats are routinely used; the choice will be determined by patient compliance, veterinarian or owner preference, and amount of correction needed. If any abnormalities are identified on oral examination (cavities, fractured or loose teeth), our wireless digital radiography system can obtain the highest quality images of your horse’s teeth, and dental radiographs are quick and simple to perform.
Southwest Equine Hospital is proud to be partnered with Midwest Veterinary Dental Services to bring the best in equine dental care to Arizona. Dr. Travis Henry is a Board Certified Veterinary Dental Specialist, and is one of only a few Equine Dental Specialists in the world! Dr. Henry owns a dental practice in Wisconsin, is on faculty at the University of California-Davis and is world renowned for his innovative equine dental extraction and endodontic / periodontic techniques. Dr. Henry and his associate, Dr. Molly Rice, have raised the standard of care in equine dentistry and can do almost any dental procedure in a standing sedated horse, eliminating the risks associated with general anesthesia. Appointments with Drs. Henry and Rice are limited and require referral- please inquire.