A dental practice in Queensland, Australia, recently came up with a clever way to reduce patient anxiety. Taking a cue from universities that have set up 'puppy rooms' during exam time, this dental office now offers visits from a trained therapy dog.
The new dental office program is being spearheaded by Trehan Stenton and his partner Dr. Hany Aziz. In an effort to reduce patient anxiety, the two men decided to bring a therapy dog named Beau into the office waiting room. While the dog is restricted to the waiting room for hygienic reasons, Beau is free to visit with each of the patients prior to their appointment. The dog is meant to provide comfort and serve as an adorable distraction for children and adults who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist.