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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!


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.

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.

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.

July 27, 2011

Root Canals Made Comfortable with Sedation Dentistry in Ocean City

tooth painThere might be no single dental procedure that patients dread more than root canals. Root canals involve drilling and numb faces and drilling and sore cheeks… and oh the drilling! However, despite what some may believe, a root canal is not a dentist’s favorite way to torture his patients. Root canals are actually performed to relieve pain caused by deep infection and severe decay, and they are often the only way to salvage a tooth from extraction.

Of course, none of this takes away from the fact that root canal procedures can be uncomfortable, and that’s where sedation comes in. (more…)

December 8, 2009

Relaxing Dental Visits with Sedation Dentistry

Millions of Americans avoid regular dental visits because of anxiety. If you’re one of them, you may have neglected necessary checkups and cleanings. You might even be apprehensive that a dentist or hygienist will lecture or criticize you if it’s been a number of years since your last visit. Dr. Dougherty understands your situation, and he offers soothing sedation dentistry options at his Ocean City practicesleep so you can get the treatment you need without fear.

At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, we offer three types of sedation. Dr. Dougherty will determine the appropriate level after a thorough consultation with you.

Nitrous Oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is a calming gas that patients inhale through a mask during treatment. After completing the procedure, Dr. Dougherty will remove the mask, and the effects will wear off quickly so you can resume normal activities and even drive yourself home from the appointment. (more…)