Desert Smiles Blog

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

January 04th, 2010


This lovely lady had always wanted a more beautiful smile. Thanks to porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns she now has the whiter, brighter and younger look she desired. Completed in only two visits using sedation dentistry in our Glendale, Az cosmetic dental office, the makeover was a totally comfortable experience. Phoenix cosmetic dentist Dr. Wilcox and the team at DesertSmiles can help you with the finest in Arizona cosmetic dentistry, snoring and sleep apnea treatment.

January 04th, 2010


Wow! What a change! No more crowded, discolored, uneven teeth. He came in to our office saying he wanted to smile again without being self-conscious. Two visits later he left very happy and looking forward to the camera he had avoided for so long. Six porcelain veneers and bleaching created a fabulous smile. His appreciation for the changes is what makes our day!! If you are looking for a terrific smile visit our Phoenix Az cosmetic dental office. DesertSmiles also provides sedation dentistry and sleep apnea treatment for our Glendale, Az patients. See for more results of Dr. Wilcox. See for information regarding the Pure Power Mouthguard.



January 04th, 2010


We performed a gum lift to enhance the smile line and then porcelain veneers (MacVeneers) were placed to correct the angulation of the teeth and develop a more full and symmetrical smile. Not to mention whiter and brighter!! For the finest in cosmetic and sedation dentistry in Phoenix and Glendale, Az. , or snoring and sleep apnea treatment see Dr Donald Wilcox at DesertSmiles. Visit for more examples of Arizona cosmetic dentistry.

January 03rd, 2010

High-quality dental work can improve your health and enhance your self-esteem. Bad dental work, on the other hand, can lead to pain, anxiety and embarrassment. Poor dental work is frustrating and devastating, because it should have been prevented. Desert Smiles in Scottsdale, Arizona, has the modern technology to correct bad dental work. With his talent and expertise, Dr. Donald Wilcox, DDS can fix your teeth and give you the smile you want and deserve. Dealing With Bad Dental Work The best way to try and avoid bad dental work is to choose a highly qualified dentist like Dr. Wilcox. If you have already suffered from bad dental work, there are options. Experienced dentists know how to address severe dental problems, as if a patient has never seen a dentist. The dentists at Desert Smiles have the knowledge and skills, along with the tools and technology to fix a number of problems, including: •Crooked or misshapen teeth •Unevenly spaced or missing teeth •Chipped, cracked or fractured teeth •Discolored or stained teeth •Unsightly fillings If you have been a victim of bad dental work and you live in Scottsdale or Peoria, Arizona, please contact the Scottsdale dentists at Desert Smiles to learn more about how our dental team can enhance your smile.

December 26th, 2009

Many of the New Orleans Saints players (nearly 40 according to the LA Times) are wearing the Pure Power Mouthguard. This fact was brought to light in early November when the Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football by NFL coach-turned-broadcaster Jon Gruden.
Gruden gave the PPM priceless publicity when he raved about the product. He said the mouth guards were among the factors that gave the Saints an advantage. A few days earlier, Gruden had undergone his own PPM fitting, and he plans to wear it while working out. "If there's 2%, 5%, any percent of benefit, and it's goof for your safety, who are we kidding?" "This is a game of inches, man." Gruden should know, since he wears a super bowl ring!
Is it working for the Saints? They currently have the best record in the NFC!!
Dr. Wilcox is one of only 400 dentists around the country trained to fit the PPM and the competing product from Under Armour. A computer monitors the muscles in an athlete's face and a low voltage is delivered through the jaw to determine the optimal bite location. The mouth guard, either an upper or lower is then built to those specifications.
So what makes the PPM the Maybach of mouthpieces, setting it apart from the boil- and- mold versions you find in a sporting goods store? Both protect the teeth but the PPM is based on neuromuscular dentistry. The PPM is designed to align the lower jaw in an optimal position and thereby help align the rest of the body. When you have total alignment, you have increased strength, balance, range of motion, and an increase in flexibility.
A study at Rutgers University concluded the mouth guard enhances peak power output and performance in explosive, short duration bouts of exercise.
Gruden, for one, is convinced. He said player have told him the mouth guard makes a difference, and he believes that sets it apart from gimmicks and devices people have previously pitched to him. "I'm the most skeptical guy there is," he said. There's a billion gimmicks, and I'm skeptical of all of them. But this thing is worth people looking into, I'll say that. You'd have a hard time fooling with pro players. An NFL player would not put a mouthpiece in his mouth if it didn't work. That I do know."
The mouth guards are not just for football players, but for all types of athletes including baseball and basketball players (Shaquille O'Neal is a wearer) , boxers, swimmers and golfers. Dr Wilcox has noticed increased strength and increased driving distance on the golf course.
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October 08th, 2009

With neuromuscular dentistry we have the ability to restore a collapsed and worn bite to its physiological position.  The results show not only in a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers and crowns, but in facial featues with a more youthful looking appearance from restoring muscles to their proper function.  For more information and examples and such life changing makeovers visit  For the finest in cosmetic and sedation dentistry in the Glendale and Phoenix Arizona areas call Dr. Wilcox at 602-978-1790.  For information regarding snoring and sleep apnea treatments, visit

September 02nd, 2009

The NTSB has recommended that the FAA change the application for an airman medical certificate to request information related to sleep apnea.  The NTSB also made other recommendations directed at determining the impact of short-haul, multi-segment flights on pilot fatigue.

The Aug. 7 letter addresses pilot fatigue and recommends that the application "elicit specific information about any previous diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea and about the presence of specific risk factors for that disorder."

The FAA requires a report of the initial sleep study that diagnoses obstructive sleep apnea and a maintenance of wakefulness test after therapy is begun to confirm that there is no excessive daytime sleepiness.  Pilots with a history of controlled sleep apnea are then followed annually by the FAA under a special-issuance authorization.  The AOPA Pilot Information Center provides resources about sleep apnea, including treatment options acceptable to the FAA and follow-up requirements.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances as the first choice of treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea.  Here at DesertSmiles we provide this service along with home testing to determine the level of apnea present and the effectiveness of treatment provided.  For more information visit or

For a cosmetic dentist in Phoenix or Glendale, Arizona, or a sedation dentist in Phoenix or Glendale, Arizona contact Dr. Don Wilcox at 602-978-1790.

July 17th, 2009

The British Dental Health Foundation recently conducted a National Dental Survey. The conclusions of the research are shocking and have gone so far as to associate gum disease to potential risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes, premature births, low birth-weight babies and, in recent early studies, infertility. These are astounding implications and Dr. Nigel Carter states in conclusion 'The public is put at risk by poor dental hygiene habits yet awareness of these risks is very low. Gum disease in particular has been linked to serious health issues. It affects most people at some point in their lives, so there is no excuse for ignoring good dental hygiene.

At DesertSmiles in Glendale we have two outstanding hygienists who can help you maintain healthy gums and bone. Visit www.DesertSmiles.comfor more information. Sleep apnea is linked with heart disease, strokes, hypertension and diabetes also. If you are looking for cpap alternatives in the Phoenix, Arizona area visit For an outstanding cosmetic dentist in Glendale and Phoenix call Dr. Wilcox for a complimentary consultation and smile analysis.

July 16th, 2009

A genetic link between gum disease and heart disease has been discovered by German scientists. The association between gum disease and coronary heart disease has been known for years, but a genetic link between the conditions hadn't been confirmed. The University of Kiel team found that the two diseases share a genetic variant on chromosome 9. The genetic variation associated with the clinical pictures of both disease were identical.

The study was presented May 25 at the annual ESHG conference, in Vienna, Austria. Because of the link between periodontitis and CHD, "we think that periodontitis should be taken very seriously by dentists and diagnosed and treated as early as possible," Dr. Arne Schaefer said. He noted that periodontitis and CHD share risk factors such as smoking, diabetes and obesity.

For the finest in cosmetic and sedation dentistry, or sleep apnea treatment and cpap alternatives in the Glendale and Phoenix Arizona areas visit Dr. Wilcox at DesertSmiles. 

July 06th, 2009

If you have attempted treatment with a CPAP device, but could not tolerate it, you are not alone. Even though CPAP is the gold standard for the treatment of sleep apnea, only 30% successfully wear a CPAP. If you can not tolerate the CPAP device due to

  • mask leaks
  • unable to get mask to fit properly
  • discomfort caused by the straps and headgear
  • disturbed or interrupted sleep caused by the presence of the device
  • noise from the device disturbing your sleep and/or bed parner's sleep
  • CPAP restricted movements during sleep
  • CPAP does not seem to be effective
  • pressure on the upper lip causing tooth related problems
  • a latex allergy
  • claustrophobic associations
  • an unconscious need to remove the CPAP apparatus at night
  • you travel a lot


SLEEP MAGAZINE reports untreated patients with a apnea index >20, had a 36% decrease in 8 year survival rate. YOUR HEALTH IS TOO IMPORTANT TO IGNORE THESE FACTS.

For more information regarding snoring and sleep apnea visit or For the finest in cosmetic and sedation dentistry in the Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona area, visit us at DesertSmiles, 602-978-1790. If you are a serious athlete looking to enhance your performance visit