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September 2, 2015

Edward T. Dougherty, Jr. DDS PC is the Ocean City sedation dentist who can calm your fears

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Oral sedation lets you nap during your dental work.Petrified over going to the dentist? Have neck or shoulder pain? Needing multiple procedures?

Sedation dentist Dr. Edward T. Dougherty uses sedation dentistry to make his anxious Ocean City patients calm and relaxed.  Learn about the kinds of medications Dr, Dougherty administers for a peaceful dental experience.

People put off necessary dental work because they are too nervous to tolerate it. The result is tooth decay, gum disease, poor aesthetics and a host of systemic health problems. Sedation dentistry with Ocean City dentist Dr. Edward T. Dougherty takes relaxation in the dental chair to a whole new level.
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July 23, 2015

Don’t Fear the Dentist – Try the Experts in Oral Sedation, Delmarva Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry can help you stay relaxed.There are people out there that are afraid of the dentist. That’s okay, a lot of people are. It’s a real condition known as dental phobia, and there are millions of patients that suffer from this ailment. It’s no laughing matter. Some cases are so severe that some people refuse treatment just because they’re that afraid of receiving treatment. We understand that the sight and sound of a dental drill can drive some people to madness, but it isn’t a negative machine. We use it to keep people’s smiles looking and feeling their best. At our office in Ocean City, MD, we care about how comfortable you are during a dental procedure. Our sedation dentistry services can leave you feeling comfortable throughout a dental procedure with no anxiety to speak of. We don’t want you forgoing treatment simply because you’re too nervous for an appointment. Untreated infections or other diseases can wreak havoc on your oral health to where future procedures may be costly. Don’t let any infections fall by the wayside — get them treated with the help of our sedation dentistry services.
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June 18, 2015

Oral and IV Sedation Dentistry

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There are many people that suffer from dental anxiety or phobia. A lot more than you may realize. Most people are so frightened by visiting a dental office that they will choose not to receive necessary treatment. This means that people are refusing treatment for a cavity, infection or other disease that is causing problems. This is not a good idea at all. Leaving diseases or other infections in your mouth without doing anything about it will allow said diseases or infections to spread. Our Ocean City, MD office wants you to have a wonderful smile, as well as excellent oral health. At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, we want you to know that there are ways to receive treatment without ever feeling any pain or discomfort. Not only is Dr. Dougherty a licensed IV and Oral Sedation dentist, but he’s also a dental sedation examiner for the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners. He knows how much dental phobia can affect a patient’s psyche, which is why he cares about your particular situation.
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May 21, 2015

Partial Dentures & Implant-Supported Dentures at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry

general dentistryWelcome to the wonderful world of partial dentures and implant-supported dentures. You’ve probably seen a late-night infomercial advertising them. But do you really know what they are and the purpose they serve? Welcome to dentures 101 with Dr. Edward Dougherty, Jr. in Ocean City, MD – class is about to begin.

It goes without saying that teeth are an important part of your speech, diet, appearance and, most importantly, health. Dentures, especially partial dentures and implant-supported dentures, offer a viable solution if you’re missing some or all of your pearly whites. What’s the difference between the two?

Partial dentures are a great option if you have some healthy teeth remaining. Secured with hidden clasps, partial dentures fit with surrounding dentition like a puzzle piece. For added convenience, a partial denture can be removed for regular cleaning and maintenance.

Implant-supported dentures serve two functions: to provide unrivaled support and functionality. Common annoyances like slipping, clicking, clasps, or adhesives are a thing of the past. Comfort is the name of the game, but it doesn’t stop there. Implant-supported dentures also help prevent the bone loss that accompanies missing teeth.

Restorative Dentistry Options

Just because you take good care of your teeth doesn’t mean you won’t need restorative dental work down the road. Delmarva Sedation Dentistry offers several options combined with the gentle and compassionate care you’re looking for.

  • Bridges – permanent bridges can restore your smile to new after losing teeth to injury, accident, or gum disease.
  • Crowns – Also known as caps, Delmarva Sedation Dentistry can design, fit, and place all-porcelain, precious metal, or porcelain-pressed crowns in a couple of short appointments.
  • Dental Implants – Also known as tooth implants, it’s the modern way to replace one or more missing teeth and consists of two parts: the implant post/root and implant restoration.
  • Root Canals – Necessary to remove an internally damaged tooth once an infection occurs. If infection occurs, the dead tooth is extracted and replaced with a prosthetic.

Meet Dr. Dougherty, Jr.

“The Sleep Dentist” received his training at Johns Hopkins University, University of Virginia and University of Maryland. His professional memberships include Misch Implant Institute (Fellow), International Congress of Oral Implantology (Diplomat), American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and others. He’s been awarded Washington’s “Top Dentists” in the Consumer Checkbook, and “Best Dentist” in Bethesda Magazine.

Call Our Office Today

To schedule an appointment with Delmarva Sedation Dentistry in Ocean City, MD call our office today. We also conveniently serve the surrounding areas of West Ocean City, Sinepuxent, Ocean Pines, and Berlin.

February 15, 2015

Show the World a Beautiful Smile with Porcelain Veneers from Delmarva Sedation Dentistry

92589293Not everyone can be born with the kind of smile a movie star has. Not even a movie star. If your smile could use a little help, then you should consider the treatment that makes Hollywood smiles white, bright and perfectly straight. Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment that can correct a number of dental imperfections. Dr. Edward T. Dougherty, Jr. has used porcelain veneers to give people in and around Ocean City, MD, beautiful smiles and he can do the same for you!

Porcelain veneers are used to conceal and correct many dental flaw including:

  • Stained and discolored teeth that will not respond to teeth whitening
  • Chipped and slightly cracked teeth
  • Teeth that have irregular gaps between them
  • Misaligned and misshaped teeth

Porcelain Veneers and You

Porcelain veneers are made of micro-thin sheets of dental porcelain that Dr. Dougherty designs to be flattering to your smile, your facial features and even your hair color. Using a shade chart, he chooses a porcelain color that most closely matches the color of your existing teeth. In some instances, he may recommend teeth whitening before the porcelain veneer procedure.

The procedure is usually completed in two appointments. At the first, Dr. Dougherty will prep the teeth by removing a thin layer of the teeth’s enamel, so that your new veneers will lay flush with your other teeth. While your custom designed and handcrafted veneers are produced in a cosmetic dental lab, you’ll wear temporary veneers. Then, when yours are ready, you’ll return to Delmarva sedation dentistry to have your porcelain veneers bonded to your teeth. For a perfect smile, Dr. Dougherty will carefully trim and shape each veneer to its most aesthetically pleasing finish.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you’d like to learn more about porcelain veneers, then call the office of Delmarva Sedation Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dougherty. We conveniently serve patients in Ocean City, MD, as well as from throughout the entire Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury and Berlin.

December 15, 2014

Dental Anxiety Can Ruin Your Good Health

78325800Did you know that avoiding dental care can lead to more than just a toothache? If you suffer from dental fear or anxiety, you could be at risk of developing the serious medical conditions linked to inflammation and infections of the teeth and gums. Recent studies have discovered a strong correlation between gum disease and cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other life threatening illnesses. Choosing to not visit the dentist regularly can literally take years off of your life. Don’t take chances with your good health, make an appointment with Dr. Dougherty at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry today. Dr. Dougherty’s sedation techniques can help you get past the dental anxiety that is jeopardizing your overall health. Dr. Dougherty protects the health of patients throughout Delmarva Peninsula, including West Ocean City, Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, Berlin and surrounding communities.

Dental Anxiety Can Lead to Serious Health Risks

  • Cancer: Researchers have discovered that men with advanced gum disease are 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancer.
  • Heart Disease and Stroke: Studies have shown that 91% of heart disease patients have periodontitis. The two conditions have several risk factors in common including smoking, unhealthy diet, and excess weight. Many suspect that periodontitis has a direct role in raising the risk for heart disease as well. The theory they advance is that inflammation in the mouth can cause inflammation in the blood vessels of the heart, which allow less blood to travel between the heart and the rest of the body. This can raise blood pressure and help fatty plaque to break off the wall of a blood vessel and travel to the heart or the brain, contributing to heart attack and stroke.
  • Pneumonia: Studies have also shown that bacteria growing in the mouth can be aspirated into the lungs to cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia.
  • Diabetes: There is an incredibly strong connection between diabetes and periodontitis. People with diabetes have trouble processing sugar because of a lack of insulin, the hormone that converts sugar into energy. Studies have found that inflammation that begins in the mouth is able to weaken your body’s ability to control blood sugar levels. Furthermore, high blood sugar provides ideal conditions for gum infections to take root. Fortunately, learning to manage gum disease can help bring your diabetes under control.
  • Pregnancy Complications: Though many factors can contribute to premature or low birth weight deliveries, studies have found a possible link to gum disease. However, infection and inflammation anywhere in the body can interfere with a fetus’ development in the womb.

Sedation Dentistry Appointments for Dental Anxiety in West Ocean City

Dr. Dougherty is committed to his patients’ overall health and well being. That’s why he offers sedation dentistry methods to help you get the preventative dental care you need to stay healthy. Make an appointment with Dr. Dougherty at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry today. Dr. Dougherty offers sedation dentistry services to patients throughout the Delmarva Peninsula, including West Ocean City, Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, Berlin and nearby areas.

November 15, 2014

Overcome Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

178181334Have you let dental fears keep you from getting the dental care you need? If you’re suffering from tooth pain and sensitivity because you’re too afraid to see the dentist, Sedation Dentistry can help. Sedation Dentistry practices provide anxiety relieving solutions to patients who are apprehensive about dental work. The truth is, everyone needs to see the dentist to keep their teeth healthy and their smile bright. Don’t put off the dental check up you need any longer. Make an appointment with Dr. Dougherty at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry today. Dr. Dougherty can provide comprehensive dental care using the latest IV, oral conscious, and inhalation sedation techniques. Dr. Dougherty proudly serves patients throughout the entire Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and Berlin from his West Ocean City dental office.

What Are Your Sedation Dentistry Options?

  • Oral Conscious Sedation: The dentist can prescribe an anti- anxiety medication to be taken the night before or an hour before your appointment begins. Though you will be awake and responsive, you will be completely relaxed and free of apprehension or fear of the procedure.
  • IV Sedation: Delmarva Sedation Dentistry can also offer intravenous sedation as well. IV sedation is much like oral conscious sedation except that the medication is administered intravenously. This allows the sedative to take effect much faster and also gives the dentist more control over the level of sedation. You will be completely relaxed and may even be able to drift off to sleep during the procedure.
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation: If you prefer a method that will not cause post procedure drowsiness, then nitrous oxide sedation may be your preferred sedation method. With this option, you will gently inhale nitrous oxide through a small mask covering your nose during the procedure. The gas will produce a sedated feeling of euphoria throughout your treatment. However, the effects of the gas will subside completely a few minutes after removing the mask.

Sedation Dentistry Appointments in Delmarva

Don’t allow your dental fear or phobia to rob you of your good oral health. Make an appointment with the compassionate and caring Delmarva Sedation Dentistry today. Dr. Dougherty is committed to your safety, comfort, and good oral health. Delmarva Sedation Dentistry proudly restores smiles with Sedation Dentistry throughout the entire Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and Berlin from his West Ocean City dental office.

December 9, 2013

Have Dr. Dougherty Give You A New Smile with Porcelain Veneers

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You would not feel like the odd man out if you said you had insecurities about your smile. Whether they are cracked, misaligned, or stained, millions of people say they wish their smile had a more appealing appearance. At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, we understand your insecurities and are here to help by offering porcelain veneers.

The process of getting porcelain veneers begins with a consultation with Dr. Dougherty. He will be able to ask what your concerns are regarding your smile, how you would like the end result to look, and other questions or concerns you may have. If you turn out to be a candidate, Dr. Dougherty will design the look of your new smile, and we send that design to a lab for your custom veneers to be made.

On the second visit is when your porcelain veneers will be applied. A small amount of tooth enamel is removed to make way for the veneers. The veneer is that placed on and around the tooth, and is made permanent with resin cement.  By the end of the procedure, you are left with nothing but a beautiful, timeless smile!

The wonderful thing about porcelain veneers is that they give you back the confidence you may have lost. You will be able to enjoy life more, and have an overall improved sense of confidence. Veneers also look very natural, appealing to those who don’t want it to be obvious they had work done. Overall, Dr. Dougherty and the rest of the Delmarva Sedation Therapy team are here to make sure you have a great experience!

If you’re interested in learning more about oral sedation or scheduling an appointment, give us a call at our West Ocean City dental office. Delmarva Sedation Dentistry serves patients from the entire Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and Berlin.

January 28, 2013

Soothe Your Dental Fears with Sedation Dentistry

sedation dentistryDoes the thought of going to the dentist make you nervous? Is your fear of the dentist causing you to delay or avoid appointments altogether? With sedation dentistry from Dr. Dougherty, there’s no need to be afraid any longer!

Here at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry , we offer soothing sedation options to help you relax and have an anxiety-free dental appointment. We offer three methods: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedationDr. Dougherty has been practicing sedation dentistry for over 15 years and would love to help you decide what method is best for your unique needs.

Nitrous oxide is commonly referred to as laughing gas. The gas will be administered via a facemask, and will give you a sense of euphoria. You’ll feel relaxed and calm, ready for your appointment.

For oral conscious sedation, you’ll take an oral sedative the day of the appointment. You’ll feel very tired but will still be responsive to questions. Plus, your sense of time will be affected and you won’t remember much of the procedure.

IV sedation is also called sleep dentistry. You can literally be put to sleep while Dr. Dougherty gives you a brand new smile. This is a great option if you need several procedures done in a short time frame.

Many of our patients find sedation dentistry to be very helpful, especially if they experience dental anxiety or gag easily. If you’re nervous about your next dental appointment, give us a call! We’d love to use sedation dentistry to help you feel relaxed and comfortable.

If you’re interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, give us a call at our West Ocean City dental office. Delmarva Sedation Dentistry serves patients from the entire Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and Berlin.

June 21, 2011

A Confident New Smile Thanks to Delmarva Sedation Dentistry

smilesEvery year, millions of Americans wish they could do something to improve their smile. And with a smile makeover from Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, that’s exactly what you can look forward to.

Whether you’re trying to change the appearance of chipped, cracked, or misaligned teeth or just want whiter teeth, Dr. Dougherty and the rest of our team can help.

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