Dog Comforts Nervous Dental Patients

Dec 28, 2012

A dentist in Williamsville, New York, has come up with a creative way to ease the fears of his younger dental patients.

Every Thursday, Dr. Paul Weiss brings his golden retriever “Brooke” into the office as a “therapy dog.” During checkups and other minor dental procedures, Brooke sits by the dental chair and allows patients to pet her head. Sometimes, however, she has to go the extra mile (as shown in this adorable photo) and can get up in the chair with the patient.

The distinction of “therapy dog” doesn’t just mean that Brooke is nice. She actually had to pass a half-day certification test from Therapy Dogs International.

Weiss describes Brooke as a gentle and friendly dog who loves to be petted. He recognizes, however, that not all kids will like having a dog around during their dental procedure, but says it usually isn’t a problem because Brooke is only used in select situations. He also notes that whenever Brooke has left the room, all surfaces are given a thorough wash before the next patient is shown in.

Here at Noble Smile we unfortunately don’t have any therapy dogs on staff. What we do have is an extremely friendly and caring dental team committed to your health and comfort. Give us a call today to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment with outstanding Katy dentist Dr. Allen Jahangiri.