In the interests of safe treatment for horses I do not advocate the use of non continuously water cooled power equipment or grinding tools. Power tool treatment risks:
For a full statement on the risks please see NEDP link (formerly AEDP)Statement+on+the+Use+of+Power+Tools+AEDPA+2007.pdf
Horse handling during dental examination and treatment is of a calm respectful nature at all times. Harsh methods will never be employed, nor will they be tolerated.
I prefer to treat horses in a safe open environment without constraints such as a crush. Horses are often more relaxed if able to move about to some degree.
Routine treatment, minor extractions and corrective procedures are performed without sedation in most cases. Horses are treated under vet administered sedation for major procedures or if horse tolerance issues prevent proper treatment. The administration of sedation by an Equine Dentist (who is not a vet) is against the law and will not be supported in any case.
An extensive range of surgical grade stainless steel instruments are used. All instruments are soaked in Hibitane disinfectant between patients. A dilute hibitane mouthwash is used to rinse the mouth following treatment. In the case of biosecurity threats extensive hygeine practices are employed. I intend to follow strict NEDP Code of Practice guidelines regarding safe and hygenic treatment methods.
I AIM TO TREAT HORSES EFFECTIVELY WHILST NOT ENDANGERING THE SAFETY OF HORSES, HUMANS OR PROPERTY