Dental phobia is an intense fear that causes individuals to avoid the dentist. Several adult patients that would be classified as having “dental phobia” now come to our office because of ATKINS and the animal-assisted intervention she provides. The quality of life of these patients has improved because they have received much needed dental care.
It is common knowledge that the majority of our patients would rather be anywhere else than in the dental chair. It is estimated that 80% of dental patients have some degree of anxiety. ATKINS creates a fun, relaxing dental experience that benefits a wide range of patients, from those who just love dogs to those who have dental phobia.
There are many other factors to consider before bringing a Service Facility Dog into your practice: a solid workplace plan that includes “dog free” zones for allergy/fear prevention, staff training, a page dedicated to your dog on your website with FAQ, liability insurance and a strategy to overcome objections from staff/patients. My long-term goal is to help incorporate the utilization of Service Facility Dogs in dental offices nationwide. In order for this goal to become a reality, it is vital that as dental professionals we become educated on how to ensure the success of Service Facility Dogs in a dental office. I have developed a CE Course, “Best Practices for Utilizing a Service Facility Dog in a Dental Practice. If you would like information about this course please feel free to contact me at BKuceraRDH@gmail.com, and feel free to follow our journey on our Facebook page!
Posted August 16, 2019
Cosmetic dentistry popularity is on the rise again. In fact, according to the results of a recent survey from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), 96 percent of U.S. laborers feel a beautiful smile is very or somewhat important to your appearance. Psychology experts also suggest that nice smiles create trust, reduce stress, and helps us live a […]
Posted August 16, 2019
tick, tick, tick… Pop quiz for employers, when’s the next time you have a team member going away on vacation? Looking at the calendar, it’s probably Labor Day. You aren’t alone. Roughly 25% of Americans plan to be out of town for Labor Day. Check-in with your staff Always the first Monday in September, almost every […]
Posted August 07, 2019
Something feels different in the office. It’s hard to describe. The patients are happy, no complaints. The schedule is full, revenue is strong. Internal conflicts among staff are at a minimum. In fact, things are working so well that you’re answering fewer staff questions and requests. These are the situations we all work hard to […]