Without a doubt, going to the dentist is not always a pleasant experience. Even adults feel stressed out by the mere thought of it. They usually associate it with pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. And to deal with this, some come up with relaxing methods, such as doing meditation before going to the clinic or listening to music while the operation is ongoing.
However, a dental clinic in California is doing things much more differently. With the help of a Chihuahua named Kismet, the clinic is able to provide comfort for patients who are dealing with anxiety.
The resident pup
Kismet is a 13-year-old pup that serves as the resident office dog at a dental clinic named Corte Madera Family Dentistry. She always brings cuddles to the clinic’s patients who are feeling distressed and anxious while getting their teeth fixed.
Dr. Cameron Garrett, a dentist for the clinic, says that after working so long in the dental industry, a person begins to understand that dentists are quite similar to psychiatrists. This is given the fact that dentists witness emotional stress. Dr. Garrett says that an interaction with an animal or having physical contact with a cuddly pet can help lower blood pressure and heart rate – all these create a much calmer environment.
The dental office is being managed by Cameron and Debra, his wife, who is also a dental hygienist for the clinic.
Kismet’s former life
Kismet has been adopted by the family after their old dog named Karma passed away. Prior to adoption, Kismet is a stray that has been rescued by a shelter named Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Under the shelter’s care, the pup has been diagnosed with a heart condition. She also has a cancerous tumor removed. Because she suffers from a gum disease, all her teeth have been taken out.
Despite everything Kismet has gone through, she still loves offering help and making patients feel at ease, especially kids.
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