Meet Maggie: Our Therapy Dog Bringing Joy to Pediatric Dentistry

At Upbeat Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to creating a warm, welcoming environment where children feel comfortable and at ease during their dental visits. 

That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to Maggie, our beloved therapy dog. Maggie, an English golden retriever born in Illinois, is much more than just a furry friend—she plays a vital role in helping children cope with mental, emotional, and physical challenges. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore why Maggie is an essential part of our dental practice and the many ways she brings joy and comfort to our young patients.


Maggie’s Role in Animal-Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that harnesses the healing power of animals to improve the well-being of individuals facing various challenges. 

Maggie, with her gentle demeanor and loving nature, is an invaluable asset to our practice. She has undergone specialized training to become proficient in providing comfort and support to children during their dental appointments.

Whether a child is feeling anxious about their dental visit or simply needs a furry friend to snuggle with, Maggie is always there to lend a paw. Her presence has a calming effect on our young patients, helping to alleviate fear and anxiety and promoting a sense of relaxation and security.


Maggie’s Unique Personality

Despite her professional duties, Maggie is just like any other dog with her own unique quirks and preferences. She has a fondness for flip flops but prefers the feeling of bare feet against the ground. True to her breed, Maggie has a penchant for snoozing and can often be found dozing off during movie nights at home.

One of Maggie’s favorite activities is visiting the dentist—a testament to her friendly and outgoing nature. She thrives on meeting new people and is always excited to greet our patients with a wagging tail and a friendly lick. And when it comes to treats, Maggie’s love for bacon knows no bounds!


The Benefits of Maggie’s Presence

Maggie’s presence in our dental practice offers numerous benefits for our young patients. Research has shown that interactions with therapy dogs can reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, and increase feelings of happiness and well-being.

For children with dental phobias or special needs, Maggie provides invaluable support, making their dental visits a more positive and enjoyable experience.

In addition to her therapeutic role, Maggie also helps to foster a sense of community within our practice. She brings smiles to the faces of both children and parents alike, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that sets the stage for positive dental experiences.


Our Love For Maggie

Maggie, our beloved therapy dog, holds a special place in the hearts of our team and our patients. With her gentle presence and unwavering devotion, she has become an indispensable part of our dental practice, bringing comfort, joy, and companionship to all who encounter her. 

At Upbeat Pediatric Dentistry, we are proud to have Maggie as a member of our team, and we look forward to the countless smiles she will continue to bring in the years to come.