July 17, 2016
There are situations when “your undivided attention” is absolutely necessary. An appointment with the dentist is not one of them. Could there be anything wrong with catching a few zzz’s while the dentist works on your smile? Not at all. In fact, for patients who are anxious or fearful of all things dental, a nap might be just what the dentist orders. Ocean City sedation dentist Dr. Edward T. Dougherty, Jr. helps his patients have the dental care they need with three types of sedation dentistry that can all help you snooze through your appointment.
February 14, 2016
Regularly 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.
January 14, 2016
If you have missing teeth, then you have a serious problem. Actually, you may have more than one problem, because teeth are critical to your ability to speak and eat. Then, of course, there is your appearance and knowing that when you smile, the people around you see that you have tooth loss. All of these concerns combined can truly impact your confidence and esteem. Thus, replacing your missing teeth should be an unquestionable priority. In Delmarva, dentures are a natural-looking and comfortable solution. And thanks to sedation dentistry, you can undergo any preparatory procedures and receive your dentures without pain or anxiety.
August 6, 2015
We 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.
July 23, 2015
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
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.
May 21, 2015
Welcome 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.
April 15, 2015
If you think there are simply too many flaws in your smile to make taking the first step worthwhile, then think again. With a smile makeover, Dr. Edward T. Dougherty at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry in Ocean City, MD, will create a step-by-step treatment plan to take your smile from less than appealing to perfection!
First, you’ll meet with Dr. Dougherty. He’ll examine your oral health and together you’ll discuss your idea of a perfect smile. Combining your smile goals with the dynamics of your face, mouth, and skin tone, the dentist will suggest the procedures that he thinks are necessary to build the smile of your dreams.
Tooth Restorations. If any of your teeth are in need of repair, that will likely be the first step. Healthy teeth are the foundation of a beautiful smile. With this in mind, Dr. Dougherty may need to repair cavities with tooth-colored fillings, replace missing teeth with dental implants, dentures or crown and bridge work, or rebuild broken teeth with a crown.
Cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers. For teeth that have chips, minor cracks or have not responded to teeth whitening, there is cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers. Cosmetic bonding uses composite resin materials to rebuild and reshape teeth. Dr. Dougherty uses a chart to choose a shade that exactly matches the color of your existing teeth. Then, the bonding material is applied directly to teeth and hardened. The process is repeated until the desired result is achieved. Porcelain veneers create the smile you want and hide the flaws you have. These dental wonders are made of extremely thin layers of dental porcelain that are adhesively bonded to correct teeth that may be more seriously chipped, cracked or misaligned.
Teeth whitening. Depending on what other procedures your smile makeover includes, teeth whitening may be either the finishing touch or the first step. Porcelain and composite resin are not altered by whitening gels. So, if those are part of the plan, then you’ll want to have your teeth their whitest before applying dental porcelain or composite materials. Then, when your smile makeover is complete, you’ll have a uniformly white and beautiful smile.
Call Our Office Today
If you’d like to learn more about how a smile makeover can correct all of the flaws in your smile, then call Delmarva Sedation Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dougherty. We serve patients in Ocean City, MD, as well as throughout the entire Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury and Berlin.
March 15, 2015
There’s bad news and there’s good news. The bad news is the tooth fairy isn’t real. The good news is that if you’re an adult who’s missing one or more teeth, you can replace those teeth with dental implants. Also called tooth implants, dental implants are the most lifelike tooth restoration because they replace both the crown and the root of a tooth. Dr. Edward T. Dougherty, Jr. at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry in Ocean City, MD, is a diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists who will restore your smile and your confidence with dental implants.
Replacing a missing tooth is not only a matter of appearance, although that is certainly important. Another factor to consider is the effect on your overall health when you have missing teeth. Even one missing tooth can compromise your ability to eat a healthy diet. Furthermore, adjacent teeth may shift and cause an uneven bite, and missing teeth make gum disease more likely.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dr. Dougherty is a Master in Dental Anesthesiology, so he will first make sure you are comfortable and relaxed for your dental implant procedure. Whether you prefer mild sedation with nitrous oxide (laughing gas), moderate sedation with an oral sedative or even if you would rather “sleep” through your treatment with IV sedation, Dr. Dougherty and his staff are trained to accommodate your needs.
The procedure itself begins with minor surgery during which Dr. Dougherty implants a small titanium post in your empty socket. Dental implants can also be used to firmly secure partial or full dentures, in which case we’ll strategically position posts along your arch. Over the course of your three- to six-month healing process, the post and your jawbone will bond. In this way, the post not only provides a firm foundation for your tooth restoration—usually a crown—but also helps avert the problem of bone deterioration. When you’ve completely healed, Dr. Dougherty will attach your permanent crown.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, call Delmarva Sedation Dentistry to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Ocean City, MD, as well as throughout the entire Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury and Berlin.
February 15, 2015
Not 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.