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How This Adorable Dentist's Assistant Helps Anxious Kids Overcome Their Fears

She's always around to lend a helping paw.

05/04/2016 11:16

Visiting the dentist can be a pretty terrifying experience. 

But one dental surgery is helping young patients overcome their fears by introducing them to their furry four-legged assistant, JoJo. 

The golden retriever is specially trained to help anxious children get through their appointment.

JoJo, who is listed as a member of staff at the Pediatric Dentistry of Northbrook, Illinois, helps to calm and comfort patients who would otherwise need nitrous oxide or sedatives to help them relax.

Veronica Renteria, a member of staff from the clinic, told The Dodo: "When JoJo comes in with them and sits in the chair, they're comforted.

"They can just sit and pet her as they're getting their teeth cleaned. She does a great job with them."

She added that now, many of the patients who would usually feel nervous about going to the dental clinic genuinely look forward to their appointments. 

The adorable dog is always around to lend a helping paw. 

She will lie across a patient's body with her head placed on their lap. This not only eases their anxiety but it also helps to keep them still.

Renteria added: "When the patients are very anxious or scared, they tend to move around a lot. When JoJo is there, the appointments go much smoother and quicker for them. And the doctor gets to perform the work as it's meant to be done."

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