Desert Smiles Blog
Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona
Dr. Wilcox was approved by the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners for a Section 1303 Oral Conscious Sedation Permit. This involves a comprehensive site visit by two examiners to inspect our facility, equipment, records, drugs, emergency preparedness and sedation procedures. It also included an in depth oral examination of Dr. Wilcox to test his competency in dental sedation techniques and handling possible emergency procedures. This is required every three years along with a level of continuing education in these areas. As we strive to provide the best in Phoenix cosmetic dentistry, patient safety is always our number one priority.
As part of our ongoing quest to provide the finest in Phoenix cosmetic and sedation dentistry we have included an AED to our emergency armentarium. Although we never have had or expect a serious emergency, being the most prepared possible is still our goal. In addition to CPR training yearly, we attend emergency medical training and comprehensive oral sedation training as well. The automatic electronic defibrillator has shown to dramatically improve the success rates in CPR.
The entire clinical staff recently attended a course in the medical management of emergencies in the dental office. The speaker was Dr. Stanley Malamed of USC who is a world recognized leader and author in this field. The common causes of medical issues related to dental treatment were reviewed and appropriate treatment protocols discussed. With my extensive background and training in sedation dentistry, we as a staff are continually updating our emergency preparedness. We want you to have the finest in Phoenix cosmetic dentistry - SAFELY!
Dr. Wilcox was recognized recently in the September issue of Phoenix Magazine as one of the top cosmetic dentists in Phoenix. The ranking is based on the peer-review system - that is, dentists rate dentists. 1500 area dentists were surveyed and asked to name the top practitioners in seven specialties. The theory is that dental professionals are best qualified to judge dental professionals. The magazine listed 121 dentists in 7 different specialties.
After the nomination process, the magazine checks each dentist against the state's dental board to determine whether the dentist has been convicted of malpractice or has faced other disciplinary actions. Those who have are removed from the list.
We are gratified that enough other dental professionals think highly enough of our office to receive this recognition. We appreciate the referrals we receive from other general dental offices and dental specialists. We continue to work passionatly to provide the best in Phoenix cosmetic dentistry.
For many Americans going to the dentist is a frightful event, even though dentistry has changed so much in the past years. Unfortunately, this is not enough for over 100 million people who avoid the dentist due to fear. Dr. Wilcox has provided sedation dentistry for many years with his hospital training background in general anesthesia. We have recently updated our techniques of anxiety-free dentistry. We are experiencing even better results now than previously. We have also implemented additional monitoring equipment to provide for the ultimate in patient safety.
Dr. Wilcox is a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation - D.O.C.S. They provide advanced education that allows treatment using oral medicaitons to be totally relaxed and absolutely comfortable. We will have an extensive section coming to the website soon to more fully explain the techniques. We always welcome your questions or interest in sedation dentistry.