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A visit to your Evansville dentist shouldn’t be stressful, and the staff at Dr. Max  Lingo’s office will do their best to put you at ease. If you are very fearful or need extensive dental work, sedation dentistry might be a good option for you.

A dentist’s office in Harrisburg, North Carolina found another way to help patients relax — an assistance dog, WCNC-TV reported. The staff at Smiles Cabarrus hope the presence of Atkins the dental dog helps make a visit to the dentist less scary and stressful.

Atkins is a service dog who was specially trained by the paws4people Foundation to help people relax. The foundation’s mission is to educate and empower people to use assistance dogs to improve their lives and make day-to-day tasks easier.

Atkins sits near patients providing silent support as they undergo treatment, helping them relax in what could otherwise be a stressful situation.

The paws4people Foundation raises, trains, and places assistance dogs with children, veterans, military dependents and civilians living with disabilities. The organization provides certification, insurance and support for the client/dog teams for the duration of their careers.

There are three types of assistance dogs, according to Assistance Dogs International. They include guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired; hearing dogs for the deaf and hard-of-hearing; and service dogs for people with other physical or mental health disabilities.

Assistance dogs can enhance the quality of their handlers’ lives by giving them a sense of freedom and independence. Guide dogs are guaranteed access to all public buildings and modes of transportation in most countries of the world.

If you are anxious about going to the dentist, the staff at Dr. Max Lingo’s Evansville office will be happy to talk to you about your options. Don’t allow your oral health to suffer because you aren’t sure if you can make it through a dental treatment — there are options available that can make the process easier for you.