December 3, 2015
You 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.
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.
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.
March 7, 2013
At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, we offer several sedation dentistry options to meet the needs of all our patients. Today, we’re going to discuss oral sedation. Sedation dentistry is a great way to help our patients that may be nervous or anxious about their dental appointments.
Oral sedation is when you’re prescribed pills to take before your dental visit that help to relax and calm you. Your anxiety level will help to determine the dosage and type of pill that Dr. Dougherty prescribes. While most patients remain awake and responsive but relaxed, depending on your dosage you could become so relaxed that you drift off into a light sleep. You may not remember a lot about your dental procedure after it is over.
With this method, you’ll need to make sure that you have a trusted friend or relative to drive you to and from your appointment. While you’re sedated, we’ll monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety. If Dr. Dougherty thinks you’re a good candidate for this, he’ll select the right pill for you and tell you exactly how long before your appointment that you need to take it.
If you have a sensitive gag reflex, the sight of dental tools makes you nervous, or you’ve been avoiding dental treatments and appointments because of dental anxiety, oral sedation could be the right choice for you. We want all our patients to feel relaxed and comfortable, and this is a great option. Dr. Dougherty is skilled at sedation dentistry and wants to put his knowledge to work for you.
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
Does 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 sedation. Dr. 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
Dental 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.
February 15, 2011
Whether you suffer from dental anxiety, want to complete your dental work in as few visits as possible, or simply desire total relaxation 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
If you’re searching for a sedation dentist, you want someone with experience, 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.