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March 14, 2016

Overcome Stress & Anxiety: Sedation Dentistry in Rehoboth

sedation dentistry rehobothLife is too short to spend time stressing out about your next dental visit. Don’t let your oral health suffer as a result of your dental fear or anxiety! Sedation dentistry in Rehoboth can help you overcome your worries and receive the excellent care your smile deserves. Continue reading to learn more from Dr. Dougherty and the team at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry!


February 14, 2016

Pain Free Dental Checkups in Ocean City

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dental checkupsRegularly seeing the dentist should be a given part of your personal healthcare routine. Not just for the sake of your smile, but for the benefit of your general health, as well. You might be surprised to know that a dentist can often be the first healthcare provider to spot a problem by finding a clue in your mouth. That’s one of the reasons why the American Dental Association recommends everyone have at least two dental checkups each year. Of course, a recommendation is only as good as the commitment to follow the advice.

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.

June 18, 2015

Oral and IV Sedation Dentistry


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.

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.

May 30, 2013

Dr. Dougherty: Your Sedation Dentist

dr. doughertyWe know that there are many choices available when choosing a dentist in the Delmarva Peninsula and surrounding areas. At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, we are honored when you choose us and entrust your teeth to Dr. Edward Dougherty. Today, we want to tell you a little more about Dr. Dougherty and his expertise.

Dr. Dougherty is known as “The Sleep Dentist” and is a highly-trained specialist in sedation dentistry. With training from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland, he is dedicated to education. Dr. Dougherty is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and has been recognized as a Master in the College of Sedation Dentistry. If you’re interested in sedation dentistry, he is a great choice for you.

He specializes in sedation dentistry and is also fully certified to perform IV sedation. If you’re nervous about going to the dentist, he can help you relax by offering a variety of sedation dentistry services in a calming environment.

With so many dentists available, it may be hard to choose the right one for you. Thus, we wanted to discuss some of the reasons why Dr. Dougherty is a great dentist to help you learn a little more. If you’re interested or want to know more, give our office a call today.

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.

September 28, 2012

Is IV Sedation Right for You?

sedation dentistryAt Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, we regularly treat patients who need help reclaiming their oral health after years of avoiding care. And more often than not, the reason care was avoided in the first place was fear or nervousness. Known as dental anxiety, this condition affects thousands of patients every year, and it may even affect you.

If it does, consider IV sedation with Dr. Edward Dougherty. As your Ocean City sedation dentist, Dr. Dougherty can help you achieve a deep sense of relaxation in our office so you can receive the important care you need.

IV sedation is an ideal therapy in the following cases:

  • Fear or anxiety
  • Difficulty becoming numb
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Embarrassment over oral health
  • Long, complex procedures

Dr. Dougherty has been administering IV sedation to patients for 17 years. What’s more, he’s certified in both oral conscious and IV sedation techniques and offers comprehensive general, cosmetic, and restorative services. All of which makes Dr. Dougherty an ideal choice for patients living in Ocean City and beyond.

Does total relaxation of the dentist’s office sound too good to be true? It’s not! With IV sedation from Dr. Dougherty’s Ocean City dental office, you can finally begin your journey to improved oral and overall health.

Call us today to schedule your appointment. Delmarva Sedation Dentistry serves patients from Bethany Beach, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and Berlin.

April 27, 2012

Soothing Sedation Dentistry for Patients from Ocean City and Beyond

sedation dentistry Dr. DoughertyAre you one of the millions of Americans who have delayed or completely put off regular dental visits and cleaning because of anxiety? Maybe you had a bad experience in the past, or you’re simply embarrassed about how long it’s been since your last appointment. Whatever your situation, Dr. Dougherty understands.

That’s why his Ocean City dental office offers multiple sedation dentistry options. Thanks to sedation dentistry, you can put aside dental anxiety and focus solely on getting the care your smile deserves. Delmarva Sedation Dentistry’s three effective options include:

Nitrous oxide

More commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is administered through a mask during treatment and can provide soothing relief for patients with mild anxiety. What’s more, nitrous oxide wears off quickly, meaning patients can drive themselves home afterwards.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation uses a simple sedative to help patients relax during their visit. Many report that they remember little to nothing about their appointment after the effects of their sedation have worn off.

IV Sedation

Also known as sleep dentistry, IV sedation allows for more precise control over your sedation levels. Available for all procedures at our office, IV sedation is a great option for patients who experience moderate to severe dental anxiety. What’s more, with IV sedation, it’s possible for you to consolidate treatment into as few visits as possible.

Not sure which form of sedation dentistry is most right for you? We’d love to help you. Call us today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Dougherty services patients from Bethany Beach, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and Berlin.

April 27, 2011

Smiles Receive the Care They Need at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry

78688-105dgDr. Dougherty Makes General Dentistry a Breeze for Delmarva Patients

Your smile is more important that you think! Did you know that a healthy mouth contributes to a better quality of life? It’s true! Problems such as gum disease can raise your risk for conditions like heart attack, stroke, and memory loss. Dental issues can arise and intensify quickly, turning into painful disease and making daily life difficult.

The Importance of Routine Dental Care

Anxiety about dental appointments is actually quite common. At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, we understand that even routine visits can make some patients feel apprehensive. Don’t let fear stop you from seeking the dental care you need. Issues that start out small can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums if not caught early.

Sedation Dentistry Helps Patients Achieve Oral Health Goals

Even if you have trouble walking through the door of our Ocean City dental practice, Dr. Dougherty can provide you with safe, effective oral or IV sedation, easing you into your visit. Before your appointment, you’ll meet with Dr. Dougherty to discuss what makes you anxious and how serious it is. Depending on your unique needs, Dr. Dougherty will recommend the sedation technique that is best for you. (more…)

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