Remember the days when going to the dentist was something to be feared?
Those days are over…at least for patients of Tracy A. Taddey and her dentist father.
This father/daughter dental team in La Jolla, California have added an adorable new dental assistant to the office: Mona the mutt.
Patients have taken a liking to the chihuahua-dachshund mix, and many of them like to let her sit on their laps during their appointments.
Here's what Tracy had to say about Mona's calming influence in the office:
"Immediately the anxiety level goes down."
But will Mona stay with patients through the entire exam, despite the loud noise of the drill? More from Tracy:
"Nobody likes that sound. I don't even like it. But Mona's fine with it, sleeps right through it. She doesn't move until I take off my gloves. That's what she takes as her signal that we're done."
She's adorable and she keeps patients calm! Sounds like a great dental assistant, if we've ever heard of one!
Thanks for making visits to the dentist a little more bearable, Mona! Keep up the good work!
[Image via Michael Spengler.]