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December 3, 2015

Why Sedation Dentistry in Ocean City Is Your Best Option

sedation dentist ocean cityYou know that twice annual visits to the dentist are necessary for optimal oral health. But if you’re like countless adults, you may be dealing with a dental fear or anxiety that prevents you from seeking the treatment you know you need — and that’s a problem. If your teeth are suffering as a result of your fear, you should learn about your options in sedation dentistry in Ocean City. Keep reading for more from Dr. Edward T. Dougherty and the team at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry.


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.

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.

March 15, 2015

Restore your Smile with Dental Implants in Ocean City, MD

480753457There’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.

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.

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…)

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