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Quelling Dental Anxiety With Canine Touch

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A Minneapolis dental practice puts its dental hygienist’s canine companion to work one day a week soothing anxious dental patients. Ollie, a labradoodle, accompanies patients during prophylaxes, providing comfort and distraction. The 80-pound dog sees around eight patients daily, with appointments booked through his dental hygienist owner, April Kline, LDH. Ollie’s role originated during the pandemic when Kline trained him and brought him to the office. His natural affinity for patients led to requests for him to be present during appointments. Ollie’s calming effect means that often anxious dental patients don’t require sedatives. The practice informs patients in advance about Ollie’s presence, contributing to a better overall experience at the office. Click here to read more.

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