Fear of the dentist is one of the main reasons people don’t receive the preventive dental care or restorative dentistry treatments they need to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Phoenix dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox is pleased to offer sedation dentistry as an option for patients who experience anxiety over dental procedures. Sedation dentistry is also effective for patients with strong gag reflexes, as well as patients who require lengthy treatment or multiple procedures in a single session. In most cases, sedation dentistry entails the use of a prescription oral sedative that is taken prior to your procedure. This sedative will allow you to feel comfortable and relaxed during your treatment while leaving you conscious and able to communicate. In addition to easing anxiety, the sedative helps reduce any discomfort and has an amnesiac effect that will leave you with little memory of the dental procedure itself. In some cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry treatments, a stronger sedative may be necessary. Dr. Wilcox will discuss your sedation options with you and answer your questions about sedation dentistry prior to any treatment. If you fear going to the dentist and would like to learn more about how sedation dentistry can help, please contact Desert Smiles to arrange your appointment with Dr. Donald Wilcox. We welcome patients from the Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Peoria, Arizona, areas.