If you’re someone who experiences anxiety around visiting your Phoenix-area dentist, consider this story from one woman who is a great candidate for sedation dentistry administered by Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona.

Although her story is real, for the purpose of sharing her experience with the public, here we will give her the fictional name Carol.

Carol was a patient at another general dentistry practice. She was told by her dentist that she should undergo a double-crown procedure in a single visit to repair two damaged teeth. Her old dentist underscored the urgency of having these procedures done at the same time because without them, Carol risked the possibility of nerve damage.

One the day of her visit, Carol was awake while her dentist numbered both sides of her mouth beyond a point that was comfortable for her. She felt woozy while she was still sedated. What’s worse, when the numbing wore off, Carol experienced excruciating, unexpected mouth pain.

It’s impossible to know from these details alone whether Carol’s dentist undertook appropriate steps in the course of her care. What is clear is that she left her visit unhappy, became even more unhappy afterwards, and spared no breath telling family and friends about her miserable experience.

It’s a safe bet that Carol, along with anyone she talked to about her painful double-crown procedure, may never again feel comfortable seeing a dentist. The same may be true for anyone who heard her dental horror story.

Even if every dentist visit goes swimmingly, some people will always experience anxiety around dental work, and these people are great candidates for sedation dentistry.

Some of the other characteristics that may make a patient a good sedation dentistry candidate include:

  • Difficultly getting numb with local anesthetics
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • People with busy lifestyles who need a lot of dentistry completed comfortably in one or two appointments
  • Experience fear of needles and shots

If you have any issues whatsoever about seeing a dentist and believe you might benefit from a practice that employs sedation dentistry, please contact Desert Smiles Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona or call 602-978-1790 to schedule a sleep apnea consultation. Dr. Wilcox proudly serves patients throughout the greater Phoenix area.

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