Are you delaying treatment you need or want? Terrified to pick up the phone to schedule because of painful dental procedures in the past? Have trouble gagging or getting numb? Overwhelmed by thoughts of repeated visits to the dentist? Experiencing dental pain? Looking to smile again with confidence? If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, you are not alone. Fortunately, you have come to the right place in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, Arizona for sedation dentistry and restorative dentistry.
For many in Arizona, going to the dentist is a needlessly frightening event, even though dentistry has changed dramatically in the past years. With modern technology, a visit to the dentist can now be relaxing and life changing. Unfortunately, this is not enough for over 100 million people who avoid the dentist due to fear. New sedation dentistry techniques can make treatment pain free, reducing what would take multiple sessions to a single visit.
Before becoming a Phoenix area sedation dentist, Dr. Wilcox completed a hospital program following dental school which included training in general anesthesia, IV sedation, and oral sedation. Currently he is an active member of D.O.C.S. - the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. They provide ongoing education necessary to keep current with the latest, most effective, and safest techniques for oral sedation. With the use of oral medications, patients can now have their dental care accomplished while they are totally relaxed and absolutely comfortable. Sedation at Desert Smiles dentistry can give you back that confident smile you may have thought impossible.
Here is how it works:
Step 1 - Making your first appointment with Dr. Wilcox
The solution is a phone call away. You may be anxious or fearful but Shelley or Keely can answer all your questions and help you feel more comfortable coming for your initial visit. We are to help you as we have many others successfully.
Step 2 - Welcoming visit
At Desert Smiles we welcome the opportunity to get to know you. We will do no more at this visit than you are comfortable with. If that means only discussing your wants, fears, and goals, that is as far as we will go. If you are ok to take x-rays or have Dr. Wilcox look in your mouth, we will gently accomplish that. If sedation will be required to accomplish the diagnosis we will schedule accordingly. You will never be judged or embarrassed.
Step 3 - Preparing for your sedation visit
Phoenix Sedation Dentist, Dr. Wilcox will give you a mild sedative to take the night before your first appointment to guarantee a restful night of sleep. This insures you wake up relaxed and peaceful about your visit.
Step 4 - Arriving for treatment
Your companion will bring you to our Glendale, Arizona dental office. Additional medications will be provided to create a very comfortable and completely relaxed state. The latest in monitoring equipment tracks your vital signs throughout the procedure to insure your safety. We promise to never proceed unless you are totally relaxed and comfortably sedated. You will be amazed at how much can be accomplished in such a seemingly short period of time.
Step 5 - Going home
Because of the lingering relaxed state from the sedatives, you will need a companion to take you home. Post-treatment instructions and any necessary medications will be provided to you and your companion. This will insure you continue to be comfortable after your care.
Step 6 - The next day
You are free to resume your normal activities. Most patients feel no discomfort or residual effects from the dental treatment. Fortunately, sedation medications have an amnesic effect. That means you will have very little memory of your visit.
The dentist office does not have to be a place of fear and pain. Whether you are searching in Glendale, Scottsdale, and Phoenix, Arizona for the finest in cosmetic dentistry such as veneers, permanent dentures, teeth whitening, or basic restorative care, Dr. Wilcox and his dedicated staff at Desert Smiles are there to ensure that you receive the very best in the most relaxed and comfortable setting available. Make that call today to begin your journey.