Introducing a Therapy Dog Into Practice
While animal-assisted interventions may help calm anxious patients, dental professionals should follow appropriate guidelines to ensure the successful introduction of a therapy dog into practice.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Define the purpose of animal-assisted interventions in health care settings.
- Discuss the prevalence and symptoms of dental anxiety.
- Describe the use of a therapy dog in the dental setting.
- Identify guidelines and recommendations for safely incorporating a therapy dog into dental practice.
This course was issued in January 2020 and expires January 2023. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.