Extreme anxiety and fear of the dentist is more common than you might think. Many people delay or avoid dental treatment for years due to anxiety. Reasons for dental fear vary: family stories about bad experiences, a painful procedure in the past, a fear of getting numb, or a claustrophobic feeling in the dental chair. Whatever the reason for your anxiety, Scottsdale sedation dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox can help. Putting off dental treatment only leads to higher expense and additional treatment requirements because the existing problems only get worse over time. Fortunately, sedation dentistry enables you to enter a semi-conscious state so that you can make it through your appointment without anxiety or fear. Dr. Wilcox is a member of D.O.C.S., the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. He also completed a hospital program following dental school which included training in various types of anesthesia. The vast majority of dental sedation patients seen by Dr. Wilcox use an oral sedative that allows them to completely relax. While a form of IV anesthesia is available, most patients find that the oral sedation method works perfectly for them. While sedated, years of dental neglect can be repaired during just one visit. Please contact our Scottsdale sedation dentist today to schedule your appointment with Desert Smiles, serving patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, Arizona.