Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Routine Cleanings?

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

Glendale Conscious Oral Sedation | Desert SmilesThe sedation options offered at the Glendale office of Dr. Donald Wilcox have a long history of safe and effective use. A member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Dr. Wilcox has trained extensively in the art and science of producing optimal patient comfort through sedation dentistry - a service that can be provided before any of your treatments at Desert Smiles.

Some patients choose dental sedation only when they are in need of more involved treatments. Others opt for the service to treat discomforts unrelated to the treatment itself. Issues like an overactive gag reflex, highly sensitive teeth, and TMJ may necessitate sedation for routine services such as cleanings and examinations. Dr. Wilcox will take time to understand your needs and listen carefully to your concerns to help you determine when and if sedation may be useful for you.

Conscious Oral Sedation

Dr. Wilcox offers conscious oral sedation, a trusted and effective sedation dentistry option that does not come with the same risks as deeper, IV sedation. With this option, medication is administered in pill form before your appointment. Once the medication has started to work, you will feel completely relaxed and perhaps even slightly euphoric, but you will still be able to respond to basic instructions - which is incredibly useful for things like spitting during routine cleanings - though you will likely have only limited memory of the procedure itself.

We have found that this method of sedation is incredibly effective, even for those working through previous dental trauma. During your initial consultation, Dr. Wilcox can discuss the medications used for dental sedation in greater detail to help you decide if conscious oral sedation is the best fit for your needs.

Routine Cleanings & Examinations

The cornerstone of a healthy and attractive smile is peak oral health - and that can only be obtained through a consistent oral hygiene routine.

Brushing your teeth after every meal and snack and flossing both morning and night will go a long way towards removing surface stains and preventing issues like decay, infection, and gum disease. However, without professional care, many issues that can pose long-term problems may remain unnoticed.

Biannual visits for professional cleanings and examinations serve multiple purposes, including removing all plaque and tartar from the teeth. These visits allow Dr. Wilcox to detect early warning signs of conditions as diverse as bruxism (tooth grinding) and cavities, and to provide swift treatment that can help prevent small problems from causing serious and lasting damage.

If you have avoided the dentist for fear of discomfort, maybe it’s time to reconsider. Give us a call at 602-978-1790 to schedule a consultation and learn more.

Desert Smiles is located in Glendale, Arizona. Our award-winning dentist welcomes patients from Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale, and all surrounding areas.