NPDA Guidelines for Practicing a Non-Anesthetic Dental Procedure

Through years of progressive thinking, and utilizing every available avenue of literature written by board-certified veterinary and human dentists, there have been leaps and bounds made by such individuals who have dedicated their lives to setting standards and guidelines to follow when offering a non-anesthetic dental procedure. These select individuals have created a respected following of thousands of veterinarians who can attest to such ability, knowledge, and genuine caring and compassionate approach to non-anesthetic dentistry, and overall animal health.

NPDA certified providers strictly abide by the guidelines set forth by the Veterinary Medical Board, and have only practiced anesthesia-free dental cleanings in veterinary hospitals, under the guidance and supervision of licensed veterinarians.

What You Should Expect from a Company or Individual Providing a Professional Outpatient Preventive Dental (POPD)

  • The dental technician(s) must have a minimum of two years working as a registered veterinary technician or assistant. It’s imperative that they understand all elements of a veterinary practice.
  • A minimum of 18 months working as a non-anesthetic dental provider, under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
  • Three veterinarian sponsors, from a minimum of two separate veterinarian facilities, that will provide a written reference to ensure the overall knowledge and practical competency for the practice of non-anesthetic dentistry. The dental technician must meet all criteria set forth by the NPDA. All qualifications will be analyzed by the board of directors, before being excepted as a member of the NPDA.
  • Practice a professional approach, be educated on the importance of all aspects of dentistry, and a have solid understanding of why a POPD is a medical procedure.
  • Must be a member of the NPDA.
  • CPR and first aid certified by the American Red Cross, or equivalent.
  • Have an overall knowledge of and ability to recognize pathological abnormalities. It is imperative that they have the ability to perform a thorough prophylaxis in a safe manner. This requires an overall understanding of both practical skills and a comprehensive knowledge on performing a complete dental.
  • All dental equipment must meet the standards set forth by the NPDA, including, but not limited to the methods of sterilization.
  • Must meet the NPDA standards of protective devices to be used during dental procedures.
  • Professional, courteous, and compassionate. Upholding and practicing the guidelines and code of ethics set forth by veterinarians.