Drugs Are Being Used Today To Replace Horsemanship
In modern equine dentistry, many terms from human dentistry are now being used in the horse field and sedation dentistry is one of them. It’s use in equine dentistry is primarily to play on your own fears of the human dentist based on your prior experiences.
Drugs Given By A Non-Veterinarian Is Not Logical And Illegal
The method of sedation equine dentistry applies the use of sedation to every horse. However, it’s use is for the benefit of the operator only because the popular drug used (detomidine) has poor pain relieving characteristics inside the mouth of the horse. The best pain relieving medication (butorphenol) is a controlled substance and can only be used by a vet. Non-veterinary equine dentists are breaking the law if they carry and administer any drug labeled “use by or on the order of a veterinarian”. They are in violation of federal law if they posess a controlled substance. In order for a vet to be involved, there must be a valid Patient-Client-Veterinarian relationship which is described in law.
In my practice, over the past year, the need to use drugs in a horse is about 1 in 10 horses.