Are you delaying treatment you need or want due to fear of the dentist? Are you terrified to pick up the phone to schedule a visit to our Glendale office because of painful dental procedures in the past? Are you overwhelmed by thoughts of repeated visits to the dentist? Are you afraid of experiencing dental pain?
If you answered “yes” to even one of the questions above, you are not alone, nor are you without options. Glendale sedation dentist, Dr. Donald Wilcox, welcomes an opportunity to meet with you and discuss your concerns, and to help you determine if this safe and effective option could help you find complete comfort during your appointment.
If you live in or around Glendale, Arizona and have a fear of the dentist, please call Desert Smiles at 602-734-0050 to schedule a sedation dentistry consultation today. We welcome patients living in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Peoria, Tempe, and all surrounding areas.
Help! I’m afraid of the Dentist
For many in Arizona, going to the dentist is a needlessly frightening event. 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.
Dr. Wilcox offers oral sedation, a safe and effective option that allows the patient to remain conscious enough to respond to basic directions, but relaxed enough to feel completely and totally at ease. Taken before your appointment, the medications provided by Dr. Wilcox have been trusted as emotional and physical sedatives for decades and have been carefully selected due to their safety record and efficacy. During your initial consultation, Dr. Wilcox can discuss the types of sedation available at our office to help ensure you are choosing the best one for your needs.
The Sedation Dentistry Process
The first step to addressing dental phobia is calling our office. You may be anxious or fearful, but Shelley or Keely can answer all your questions about sedation dentistry and help you feel more comfortable about coming for your initial visit.
Your initial consultation gives us an opportunity to get to know you. We will not do anything at this visit, or at any other, 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.
While in our care, you will never be judged or made to feel embarrassed. We fully support your needs and will adjust as needed to accommodate them.
Once your treatment appointment has been set, we will provide you with instructions and medications. Dr. Wilcox will give you a mild sedative to take the night before your first appointment to guarantee a restful night of sleep. This ensures you wake up relaxed and refreshed before your visit.
Additional medications will be provided once you arrive at our office for your appointment. This helps to create a very comfortable and completely relaxed state. 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.
While under sedation, your heart rate will be constantly monitored and displayed by The Pulse Oximeter. Oxygen saturation readings, via a fiber optic light attached to your finger, will monitor your breathing, second-by-second. In the extremely rare event of a drop in oxygen levels, an alarm instantly alerts us to correct the situation. Blood pressure readings are recorded every five minutes as well. With this information automated and constantly updated, we can focus on your treatment and at the same time have total awareness of your vital signs and safety. The best way to treat an emergency is to prevent it. The Pulse Oximeter is our key component in ensuring your comfort and safety.
Because of the lingering relaxed state from the sedatives, you will need a companion to take you home after your visit. Post-treatment instructions and any necessary medications will be provided to you and your companion. This will ensure your continued comfort.
Sedation dentistry works remarkably well for dental phobia, but the service is not limited to treating just one condition. The safe and gentle sedation options offered at our Glendale office are effective for a number of discomforts including:
- Resistance to numbing medications
- Overactive gag-reflex
- Highly sensitive teeth
- General antsiness or difficulties sitting still
We work to provide a comfortable, welcoming, and safe environment in which all of your dental needs can be met. If you avoid dental care for any reasons, call us to learn how we can help you find the comfort necessary for the care you deserve.
Why Choose Desert Smiles for Sedation Dentistry
Dr. Wilcox completed a hospital program following dental school which included training in general anesthesia, IV sedation, and oral sedation, though he has chosen to only offer oral sedation to our patients.
Dr. Wilcox is an active member of D.O.C.S., the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. They provide training, workshops, and ongoing education for members, allowing Dr. Wilcox 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 can give you back that confident smile you may have thought impossible.
Experienced, trusted, and caring, Dr. Wilcox is committed to the complete satisfaction of each of our patients. Please call 602-734-0050 to schedule a consultation and learn more. Desert Smiles is located in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Wilcox provides sedation dentistry services to patients living in Chandler, Mesa, and all surrounding areas.