If you fear the dentist or have anxiety about certain procedures, sedation dentistry can create a more positive experience. Sedation dentistry involves sedative drugs to induce a relaxed state of consciousness. Sedation dentistry should not be confused with sleep dentistry, which uses a general anesthesia and leaves patients completely unconscious. If you suffer from dental anxiety, Dr. Donald Wilcox, DDS and the sedation dentists at Desert Smiles in Scottsdale, Arizona can help you relax so that you have a pain-free and effective procedure. Sedation Dentistry Sedation dentistry utilizes medications to alter your state of consciousness, causing you to become less anxious and more relaxed. This will allow you to feel calm and remember little, if anything, about your procedure. Sedative drugs may include sleeping pills, tranquilizers and or medications to reduce anxiety. Sleep Dentistry Sleep dentistry is a higher degree of sedation that utilizes anesthesia, making you unaware of the treatment that is being performed. The anesthesia will be administered intravenously, and your vital signs will be monitored during the duration of your procedure. Sleep dentistry allows Dr. Wilcox to perform complex or multiple procedures in one appointment. If you live in Scottsdale, Arizona and are interested in sedation or sleep dentistry, please contact the Scottsdale sedation dentists at Desert Smiles to learn about your options. We also serve patients in the Peoria, Arizona area.