Our Newest Team Member Might Surprise You
Are you nervous at the thought of coming to our office or having dental work done? We know that a large percentage of adults in America share this same fear. We’ve decided to be proactive about this situation. Not only do we offer a sedation option in the office, but we also have recently added a new member to our staff to help keep our patients calm and focused on something other than the treatment they are receiving. Our new staff member may be a little different than you are used to seeing in our office, but not to worry, he is currently being trained and ready to help when needed. Continue reading to learn more about our furry new team member.
Welcome Gibbs – Therapy Dog Extraordinaire
We want to give a big welcome to our newest team member, Gibbs. Gibbs is a service dog in training and will be here to help calm patients who might be anxious or having nervous feelings about being in our office or a treatment they will be receiving. Service animals are formally trained to perform tasks that can assist others. Gibbs is still in the training process, but does come into the office from time to time, so you might have had the pleasure of meeting him already or you might see him at your next appointment.
Benefits of a Service Dog in the Office
You might be wondering why we would have a service dog in the office. Service dogs can be very beneficial for a number of reasons. They have been proven to help with numerous physical and mental health issues such as blood pressure, anxiety, and general discomfort. Service dogs are proven to help our bodies release endorphins that create a calming effect. Petting Gibbs will help our patients remain calm before and during treatment and help them focus on something other than the treatment they are receiving. We can’t think of a better way to receive dental treatment than by petting our loving and adorable Gibbs!
More About Gibbs
Gibbs was born in July of 2020. When he is not in training to become a service dog, you might find him playing with his human sisters or his favorite warthog toy. When it comes to treats, he is not picky and will enjoy anything he receives.
We look forward to the day that Gibbs becomes a certified service dog, but until then, he will be happy spending time in the office with patients who are comfortable with him during his training period. If you would like Gibbs to be there during your next treatment, please call our office located in Kewaskum, WI. Gibbs looks forward to meeting you soon!