Fast becoming known as one of the country's leading restorative and cosmetic dentists, Dr. Donald Wilcox and his dedicated team at Desert Smiles are committed to being at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry techniques and technology. Recognized by MicroDental as one of the top cosmetic practices in the nation, Phoenix-area Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Wilcox is a continuing scholar at the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. In addition, he has studied nationwide with other top clinicians such as Dr. Bill Dorfman of ABC's Extreme Makeover. Dr. Wilcox is also the official Cosmetic Dentist for Arizona United States Pageant 2010. He also is a member and graduate of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Dr. Wilcox graduated #1 in his class from Northwestern University Dental School in 1977. He then completed another year of advanced residency training in Denver. Dr. Wilcox is an active member in numerous state and national dental associates: American Dental Association Arizona Dental Association Central Arizona Dental Society Arrowhead Study Club LVI alumni forum Dr. Wilcox has had his own mouth restored with porcelain veneers and onlays to enhance his smile and correct his bite with neuromuscular dentistry. He has successfully placed several thousand cosmetic restorations. Dr. Wilcox's studies at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies have included extensive training in advanced cosmetic and restorative procedures, including multiple hands-on patient treatment experiences with the finest dentists in the US and Canada. Other areas of advanced training are in occlusion, the use of neuromuscular instrumentation, dental hygiene therapy, photography, and sedation or sleep dentistry. Most recently Dr. Wilcox has trained with Dr. Leo Malin at LVI in surgical guided implant placement and bone grafting. This state of the art treatment aided with 3D cat scans and software design, allows Dr. Wilcox's patients to receive the latest in implant care. Dr. Wilcox also has a passion for treating patients with snoring and sleep apnea issues. Diagnosed with sleep apnea himself, Dr. Wilcox has successfully worn an oral appliance himself since 2007 with a profound effect on his sleep quality and overall health. He has trained with many of the top dental sleep medicine experts in the US as well as medical professionals such as sleep physicians and pulmonologists. Dr. Wilcox is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Arizona Sleep Society, the Online Sleep Academy, and the Restless Days and Sleepless Nights forum. Several area sleep physicians refer patients to Dr. Wilcox for oral appliance therapy and we work closely with them and area sleep labs to provide snoring and sleep breathing solutions. Dr. Wilcox enjoys golfing, hiking and travel in his spare time. He and his wife Shelley are active with Christ's Church of the Valley and serve as leaders for a neighborhood group. They have two grown children. Ashley is a graduate of Arizona State University and Chad graduated from Wake Forest University. Shelley teaches the Dale Carnegie public speaking course and trains instructors for the organization. If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and sedation dentistry, contact Phoenix Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Wilcox today! Desert Smiles proudly offers treatments to patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, Arizona.
We strive to develop long-term relationships with our patients, learn what their goals are and provide them with treatment options that accomplish their goals and insure excellent oral health. We strive to provide such care with excellence in a low stress environment.
Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Arizona.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University of California
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1972
Northwestern University / Dental School
Medical School | Graduated 1977
St. Anthony's Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Dr. Wilcox has no awards or honors listed.
Media & Publications
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Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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