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 October 09, 2019
No business is an island, and no dental practice can be successful without the right help. If you’re running a dental office, you need to make sure to cultivate certain relationships. Below are four professional relationships that every dental office needs to maintain. Marketing Professionals Marketing is the lifeblood of any business. Having connections in […]
Posted October 07, 2019
Have you ever called a company’s support number only to find yourself stuck navigating dial pad responses and arguing with a robot? These days, getting a real person on the phone at a business is nearly unheard of. Automated phone services, AI messaging, and other prerecorded voice systems have replaced traditional customer service portals. There’s […]
Posted October 04, 2019
It’s that time of year again – yes, it’s Dental Hygiene Month! For me, it’s an opportunity to reflect on my journey in the dental industry that began 25 years ago, when I first practiced as a registered dental hygienist. My mission of providing the best possible patient care has intensified over the years, and […]