How Dogs Can Help Ease Anxiety

Is going to the dentist one of your least favorite things to do? You’re not alone! For some of us, going to the dentist is a such a big source of anxiety that it either makes the entire experience unpleasant, or it prevents us from getting the dental care we need in the first place. Although we try to make our office as stress-free as possible with comforting amenities, we understand that the whole thing can still seem a bit overwhelming to some patients, and that’s why we’re proud to introduce Seamus!

seamus the therapy dog

Introducing Seamus

Seamus is our therapy dog-in-training! He hangs around the office to help patients who feel anxious, and he loves getting affection. He can tell when people feel stressed and he provides tactical stimulation to distract them from that stress. He might lean against you, using deep pressure therapy to create a calming effect during moments of distress. Seamus is hypoallergenic and does not shed. If you don’t feel comfortable around him, just let us know and he’ll go to his kennel.

seamus therapy dog on dental patient's lap in dental chair

How Dogs Can Help Ease Anxiety

All dogs (and Seamus especially) can help reduce anxiety and stress. According to the National Institute for Health, being in the presence of a companion animal is associated with improvements in mental, social, and physiological health. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) found that interacting with a friendly dog helps to reduce stress by increasing oxyotcin levels, which battle cortisol, the “stress hormone.”

And did you know that interacting with a friendly dog lowers your blood pressure and heart rate? Dogs naturally have a relaxing effect!

Dentists across the country are employing therapy dogs like Seamus to help dispel patient anxiety. We love having Seamus around to help our patients have positive experiences at our office.

Make an appointment and come say hello to Seamus!