Dental therapy dog Steve, a miniature dachshund, laying on a colorful rug.

You may have noticed a new face around our office – a furry one! That friendly face is our new therapy dog – Steve. What does a therapy dog do and why is he such a valuable addition to our team?

Why a therapy pet in a dentist office?

For many people, a visit to the dentist can make them feel anxious and uneasy. Studies have shown that interacting with animals lowers blood pressure, improves cardiovascular health, lowers the stress hormone cortisol, and promotes friendly social interaction.

Therapy animals are pets trained to provide affection and comfort to people during stressful situations. They have been used with great success in hospitals and extended care facilities, providing the needed affection and comfort to get through difficult emotional times.

In the dental office, therapy pets help calm patients and reduce anxiety in adults with dental phobias. The simple act of petting an animal causes an automatic relaxation response, releasing the “feel-good” hormones: serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin.

Montage of photos of Steve, our dental thearphy dog, with patients.

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How will Steve, our dental therapy dog help you?

At NorthStar Dentistry for Adults, we want you to feel relaxed and at ease during your visit and we are always looking for new ways to make that possible. We thought Steve could be the perfect solution and we were right! He has been a big hit!

Steve provides comfort to our patients who might be feeling nervous, tentative, or apprehensive about their treatment. If you are feeling nervous (or even if you’re not!), he can sit on your lap and cuddle with you during your treatment. 

 Stop by and meet Steve

Next time you visit our Huntersville dentist office, be on the lookout for Steve. You can usually find him hanging in the waiting room, playing in the hallway, or sitting with a patient at his or her request.

He is a miniature long-haired dachshund with a friendly smile, outgoing personality, and always on the lookout to give out warm, furry hugs. Everyone who meets him loves him, and he brightens the day of everyone that visits our office. If you would like to have Steve by your side on your next scheduled appointment, just let us know!

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