Because the process for placing dental implants requires a surgical procedure, a sedative is administered to ensure you remain relaxed and comfortable. There are various sedation options available, and Phoenix implant dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox will determine the best sedative for you based on a number of factors, including the number of dental implants required. As an experienced sedation dentist, Dr. Wilcox is an active member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) and has completed extensive training in general anesthesia, IV sedation and oral sedation. In many cases, oral sedation is sufficient to provide patients with a pain-free procedure. In addition to keeping patients in a relaxed state during dental work, oral sedatives also have an amnesiac effect, and patients rarely have memories of the procedure itself. If multiple dental implants are being placed, general anesthesia may be a better option. Dr. Wilcox will discuss your sedation options with you prior to scheduling your dental implant surgery. If you live in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria or Glendale, Arizona, areas and would like to learn more about dental implants or sedation dentistry, please contact Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Wilcox.