Snuggle Ready Dogs Join Health Care Provider Community

Dental assistant Atkins trained to calm uptight patients without slobbering………….

Snuggle-ready dogs are available to anxious patients at some dentist offices, but some patients worry about the risks, from slobber to nips.

By Michelle Crouch

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first time 11-year-old Levi McAllister had a tooth pulled, he screamed, kicked and struggled so much that his mom had to hold him down.

So when Levi returned to Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry in January to get two more teeth pulled, dental hygienist Barb Kucera had a surprise for him: a friendly yellow Labrador retriever named Atkins.

Dentist use dogs for anxious patients – The Washington Post