What is the S.A.F.E. Technique?
Children can be anxious about visiting the dentist, particularly during those first few appointments. Most of this anxiety comes from a fear of the unknown. Well, Dr. Roya Pilcher addresses this by practicing a technique that Dr. Pilcher developed called S.A.F.E.© It stands for Sequential Approach to Familiarize and Engage pediatric patients. The approach reduces patient anxiety and helps kids understand the instruments we’ll be using and the procedures they’ll be undergoing.
The S.A.F.E. technique is part of Dr. Pilcher commitment to engage and educate their growing patients on proactive ways to keep their teeth clean and healthy. While it may seem simple, the technique is incredibly effective for putting kids at ease and getting them excited about dental visits.
How Does the S.A.F.E. Technique Work?
S.A.F.E. is structured as a game with each step building on the previous step and serving a purpose. Let’s use the example of a 4-year-old patient visiting us for a dental examination and cleaning. Here’s how the S.A.F.E. technique would work in this scenario:
Aside from using the S.A.F.E. technique, Dr. Pilcher also routinely practices yoga and incorporates mindfulness, meditation and relaxation techniques into her daily dentistry practice. She enjoys helping her patients to be comfortable and relaxed during their visits. As a certified children’s yoga instructor, Dr. Pilcher even holds classes in her office after hours for her patients, families and friends to share their love of yoga.
Happy Patients, Healthy Smiles
At our fun, bright pediatric dental office in Washington, DC, we treat all of our patients like VIPs. Let’s work together to give your child the healthy, beautiful smile they deserve. Schedule a visit at Smile Valley Pediatric Dentistry today!