Lilly got her teeth floated yesterday by a really nice, older gentleman that came highly recommended by my barn owner. He floats the teeth without the aid of sedation, and he uses good old fashion muscles to do all the work. No power tools and no drugs! She was getting her horses' teeth floated too, so she added me to the appointment list and Mr Teeth Floater Guy came out and floated all the horses at the barn.
I wasn't able to get any pictures of the process because I was holding Lilly and being educated on teeth floating, but it went better than I expected. Lilly was REALLY good, but she was clearly confused about what the heck was happening to her. We did her teeth in the stall and she backed up into the corner as far as she could, but tolerated the process quite well. There were a couple times where she grabbed hold of the file and wouldn't let go, but Mr Teeth Floater Guy just laughed at her and stuck his thumb in her mouth to get her to let go. He was surprised that she had never been done without sedation.
The whole experience lasted about 15 minutes but he said her teeth were really sharp and she was a bit overdue. I told him I have her floated every spring, but he said her molars don't sit in a straight line in her mouth, so since they're a bit staggered, they get sharp faster. He suggested that she get her teeth floated about every 8 months instead of every year. He showed me how to check for the sharp points way back in her mouth and said he'd come out again in the fall if she started to give me trouble or showed any signs of being uncomfortable.
Mr Teeth Floater Guy would like to remain anonymous, and I've been asked to keep the details to myself if my vet asks about Lilly's teeth. And I know she will, because she already looked at them earlier this year and told me they needed done, so I'll just have to say, "they've been taken care of." This poor guy has been sued by veterinary practices (cases were thrown out of court) so he's a little gun shy these days and is leary about taking on new clients. I only got him because he's been doing my BO's horses for years. I consider myself quite lucky!