Doggie dentist eases visits

, Posted: Fri, June 27 2014 at 1:02 PM, Updated: Fri, June 27 2014 at 3:22 PM

Seattle, Wash. --- (KING)  Monica Johnson is so terrified of going to the dentist, she went 15 years without an appointment.

"It's not gonna happen," she says. "I feel like a chicken. I wish I could explain it."

A few months ago she learned about Innovative Dentistry in Seattle, Washington and their dental therapy dog, Humphrey.

"People call and they say 'I want to come to your office because of your dog,'" laughed Dr. Bob Berman.

Each day, about two patients ask for Humphrey's help. They hold his paw while he falls asleep on a bed beside them.

Humphrey helps Dr. Berman, too, since he’d rather not sedate patients. It’s easier to know they’re in pain, and for Monica, how her new crown fits.

“It’s nice to know how she’s hitting it so she doesn’t have to call and come back and have it adjusted,” Dr. Berman said.

Humphrey completed nearly a year of training for a day that took 15 years for Monica to face – her first dental work-up without sedation.

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