Your pet needs anesthesia during a dental cleaning because, unlike humans who can follow instructions and hold their mouth open, pets cannot cooperate in the same way. Without anesthesia, the process would be uncomfortable and frightening for them. Anesthesia enables the veterinary dental team to examine your pet’s mouth, clean all surfaces thoroughly, and polish the teeth. So, let your pet catch some Z’s while the dental team does their thing, and before you know it, your furry pal will have a clean and sparkling smile.