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August 6, 2015

For Sedation Dentistry, Salisbury Comes to Ocean City, MD

peacefully sleep womanWe all have something that we fear. For example, studies show that public speaking is an overwhelmingly common fear. So much so that it even out strips the fear of death! Now that’s saying something. But even a fear that serious can be tamed if you can conquer what always precedes the thing you fear: anticipation. Sometimes, just talking with someone can ease the anticipation and your fear. Other times, well, a little medication can be helpful. At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry in Ocean City, MD, Dr. Edward T. Dougherty, Jr. and his staff can provide both.
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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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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.

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.

March 15, 2011

In Ocean City, Sedation Makes Implant Surgery a Breeze!

implant illustrationDental implants are called “nature’s rival” for a reason – many reasons, actually! The natural look and feel of implants, coupled with their longevity and durability, make them an attractive choice for folks just like you who want to replace missing teeth or secure a denture or bridge.

A surgical procedure is required to place the implant posts that serve as new tooth roots into your jawbone. The word “surgery” makes some people nervous. That’s where sedation comes in! (more…)

February 15, 2011

Comforting Care in Ocean City: Soothing Sedation Puts You at Ease

Whether you suffer from dental anxiety, want to complete your dental work in as few visits as possible, or simply desire total 101839237relaxation at the dentist’s office, sedation dentistry may be the right choice for you.

In Ocean City, sedation dentist Dr. Edward Dougherty offers oral sedation and IV sedation to put you at ease. He’s delivered calming, comfortable dental care for two decades. If you’ve put off dental work, now is the time to discover how sedation dentistry can give you the smile you deserve. (more…)

January 12, 2011

Choosing a Sedation Dentist in Ocean City

If you’re searching for a sedation dentist, you want someone with experience,104278544 a compassionate manner, and a dedication to deliver personalized care. Someone who will carefully evaluate your dental needs, make informed recommendations, and work with you one-on-one to deliver a soothing experience.

Dr. Edward Dougherty is a sedation dentist Ocean City trusts. He’ll focus on your comfort and set your mind at ease. (more…)