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November 15, 2014

Overcome Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

178181334Have you let dental fears keep you from getting the dental care you need? If you’re suffering from tooth pain and sensitivity because you’re too afraid to see the dentist, Sedation Dentistry can help. Sedation Dentistry practices provide anxiety relieving solutions to patients who are apprehensive about dental work. The truth is, everyone needs to see the dentist to keep their teeth healthy and their smile bright. Don’t put off the dental check up you need any longer. Make an appointment with Dr. Dougherty at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry today. Dr. Dougherty can provide comprehensive dental care using the latest IV, oral conscious, and inhalation sedation techniques. Dr. Dougherty proudly serves patients throughout the entire Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and Berlin from his West Ocean City dental office.

What Are Your Sedation Dentistry Options?

  • Oral Conscious Sedation: The dentist can prescribe an anti- anxiety medication to be taken the night before or an hour before your appointment begins. Though you will be awake and responsive, you will be completely relaxed and free of apprehension or fear of the procedure.
  • IV Sedation: Delmarva Sedation Dentistry can also offer intravenous sedation as well. IV sedation is much like oral conscious sedation except that the medication is administered intravenously. This allows the sedative to take effect much faster and also gives the dentist more control over the level of sedation. You will be completely relaxed and may even be able to drift off to sleep during the procedure.
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation: If you prefer a method that will not cause post procedure drowsiness, then nitrous oxide sedation may be your preferred sedation method. With this option, you will gently inhale nitrous oxide through a small mask covering your nose during the procedure. The gas will produce a sedated feeling of euphoria throughout your treatment. However, the effects of the gas will subside completely a few minutes after removing the mask.

Sedation Dentistry Appointments in Delmarva

Don’t allow your dental fear or phobia to rob you of your good oral health. Make an appointment with the compassionate and caring Delmarva Sedation Dentistry today. Dr. Dougherty is committed to your safety, comfort, and good oral health. Delmarva Sedation Dentistry proudly restores smiles with Sedation Dentistry throughout the entire Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and Berlin from his West Ocean City dental office.

January 16, 2014

Give Your Gums The Start Treatment at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry

Believe it or not, your gums are just as important, if not more, as your teeth when it comes to good oral health. Healthy gums give your teeth healthy groundwork to develop and flourish, and if that foundation is compromised, it can greatly affect the health of your teeth. At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, Dr. Daugherty, Jr. along with our very knowledgeable team want to make sure your mouth is healthy from tip to toe, which is why we offer periodontal therapy to our patients.

Because over 80% of the population is living with some form of periodontal (gum) disease, odds are likely you do too and may not be aware of it. Though it may not seem like a big deal now, if left untreated, periodontal disease can greatly transmit a disease to other parts of your body. Bad cases of periodontal disease can lead to heart disease, stroke, respiratory complications, bone loss, tooth loss, pregnancy complications, and much more. It was recently discovered that serious periodontal disease can even lead to dementia. Many factors play a part in periodontal health, like tobacco use, certain medications, diabetes, poor nutrition, stress, and etcetera.

The good thing about gum disease is that it is reversible if caught early on. We perform periodontal therapy by doing routine scaling, laser treatment, root planing, and other methods to eliminate the bacteria and plaque. You yourself can help prevent periodontal disease by brushing and flossing at least twice a day, preferably after each meal. It would also be wise to invest in a mouthwash that is antibacterial and contains fluoride. Though brushing definitely tackles bacteria, mouthwash will be able to cover your entire mouth and do away with a lot more bacteria than brushing alone. With these simple tips and Dr. Dougherty, Jr.’s expertise, there’s no doubt you will embark on a long road of beautiful smiles and health!

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.

December 31, 2012

Fixing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants

dental implant01If you’re missing one or a few teeth, the best option to restore your mouth is dental implants. At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, we’re here to help.

Dr. Dougherty is a highly skilled dentist that has studied implantology and is well-equipped to help you through your implant surgery. It is important to replace missing teeth because once the original tooth and root are gone, your jawbone begins to shrink. A dental implant can help stop the shrinkage.

The dental implant is composed of two parts: the implant post or root and the actual implant itself. The post will be attached to your jaw by Dr. Dougherty and allowed to heal. Once it’s healed, then the implants can be attached and your smile will be repaired. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, in part because they’re attached to your jawbone just like your natural teeth.

If you’re missing teeth, dental implants could be the treatment you’ve been waiting for. We’d love to help you learn just how easy it can be. The team here at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry wants to see you smiling proudly again!

Call us today to schedule your appointment or to learn more about our dental implant procedures. Delmarva Sedation Dentistry serves patients from Bethany Beach, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury and Berlin.

September 19, 2012

Comprehensive Dentistry for Ocean City and Beyond

general dentistryChoosing a new dentist is no easy task. In fact, it can almost feel like a matter of luck. Without a recommendation from a family member or friend, what else can you do but pick a name at random and cross your fingers?

The good news is that, with today’s tools, finding a great dentist doesn’t have to be a matter of luck at all. And with a website and blog like this one, can you get the information you need about Dr. Dougherty and his services in Ocean City to make an informed decision. Take a moment to browse through our pages. In just a few minutes you should have a clear picture of what we offer and our patient-first approach.

Our comprehensive services include:

You can also get to know Dr. Dougherty by reading his bio. As a committed professional, Dr. Dougherty has years of experience and training, which includes certificates in oral and dental implant surgery, dental prosthetic restoration, bone grafting, and sinus augmentation surgery. Dr. Dougherty has also completed hours of postgraduate training, making him an ideal choice for many Ocean City patients.

In addition to all this, we also have a page on our financial options. We understand that, for some, affordability may be an issue, which is why we want to provide our patients with options that will make important care more accessible.

Are you looking for a caring dentist who provides comprehensive services? Then call Delmarva Sedation Dentistry to schedule your appointment with us.

May 23, 2012

Transform Your Smile and Your quality of Life with Dental Implants

Dr. Dougherty Ocean City dental implantsA missing tooth can be an obstacle in more ways than one. Not only can it affect your self-confidence, it  can also have a serious impact on your overall health. But Dr. Edward Dougherty has a solution that can help you. As a restorative dentist for the Ocean City area, Dr. Dougherty offers dental implants to help patients reclaim their smiles, their confidence, and their health.

A Solution You Can Count On

Of all the restorative options available, the one that most closely mimics a natural tooth is dental implants. That’s because dental implants are made up of not only a crown but an implant, which is placed into the jaw to act as a prosthetic tooth root. After the implant has had time to fuse with the jaw, your new tooth will be affixed, creating a restoration that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

But what if you’re missing more than one tooth?

That’s not a problem. Dr. Dougherty can use dental implants to address a wide variety of restorative needs. Maybe you need a bridge, a partial, or a full denture. No matter which of these you might need, if you’re a candidate for dental implants, we can help you reclaim your smile.

How can you know if you’re a candidate?

By coming to our Ocean City dental office for a consultation appointment. During this consultation appointment, we can begin gathering all the information we’ll need to determine if dental implants really are the right treatment for you.

Call us today to schedule your appointment. We serve patients from all across the Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehobeth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and Berlin.

December 28, 2011

Start 2012 with a New Smile and Renewed Confidence

New Year's Eve countdownThe New Year is a time for fresh starts. If you’re looking for a way to give your smile a fresh start, consider a smile makeover from Delmarva Sedation Dentistry. A smile makeover doesn’t involve one particular procedure but a combination of any of our cosmetic or restorative services, from teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, dental implants, and more.

Regardless of which choose, though, the aim is the same—to restore your confidence and youthful appearance with a brand new smile.

If you’ve been considering cosmetic surgery to help you turn back the clock on your wrinkles, consider a smile makeover from Dr. Dougherty instead. Many smile makeover procedures can help by offering your smile the support it’s been missing, volumizing your features in the process.

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September 10, 2010

Stress-Free Extractions from Dr. Dougherty, Your Ocean City Oral Surgeon & Sedation Dentist

As an advocate of conservative dentistry, Dr. Edward Dougherty strives to preserve teeth whenever possible. Sometimes, though extraction is middle-aged couplethe only reasonable choice to preserve and enhance oral health. At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, Dr. Dougherty combines safe, effective sedation with finely honed skill for comfortable extractions.

The doctor performs extractions to prepare smiles for restorative treatments such as dentures, remove irreparably damaged teeth, ease dental crowding, and eliminate discomfort from impacted wisdom teeth. While no one eagerly anticipates an extraction, you can rest assured that we’ll do everything possible to make your experience the best it can be. (more…)

August 9, 2010

Comfortable Root Canals in Ocean City

root canal modelYou’ve probably heard the expression, “I’d rather have a root canal!” Many people equate root canals with discomfort, but the opposite is true: modern root canal therapy eliminates pain and restores good health to an internally damaged tooth. For two decades, Ocean City oral surgeon and sedation dentist Dr. Edward Dougherty has saved teeth from extraction and preserved smiles with root canals. He uses advanced techniques and calming sedation methods, including IV sedation, to deliver an experience that’s pleasant and positive. You’ll look at root canals in a whole new light!

Inside Your Tooth…
Every tooth contains a mass of nerves and vessels called the pulp. Canals lead from the pulp to the tooth root. These canals transport blood and nutrients to the root and carry away toxins. When the hard outer layers of a tooth are compromised by a fracture, deep cavity, or other trauma, harmful bacteria can penetrate the pulp and cause infection. Left untreated, this infection may lead to tooth loss.

Root Canals Preserve Teeth
A root canal is an oral surgery procedure that eliminates the need for tooth extraction and replacement with a prosthetic. During a root canal, Dr. Dougherty removes infected matter from a tooth and inserts a biocompatible filler in the newly cleaned canals. A custom-made crown placed atop the tooth renews dental form and function.

If your tooth requires a root canal, oral sedation or IV sedation will eliminate any nervous feelings you may experience prior to your oral surgery. You’ll rest comfortably while Dr. Dougherty performs your procedure and emerge from sedation with no memory of treatment details.

Dr. Dougherty: Ocean City’s Choice for Oral Surgery & Sedation
D. Dougherty’s impressive credentials make him uniquely qualified to perform even the most complex root canals in our Ocean City office. The doctor has undergone advanced training in oral surgery to deliver full-service restorative dental care. He’s hospital trained in IV sedation, and certified in oral sedation and IV sedation. For the past two decades, patients in and around Ocean City have relied on Dr. Dougherty for safe, holistic care and happy, healthy smiles.

Call Delmarva Sedation Dentistry today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Dougherty and discover the patient-focused care and exemplary service our patients have come to expect. Our Ocean City office serves all of the Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and Berlin.

May 19, 2010

Is IV Sedation with Dr. Dougherty Right for You?

At Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, we see many patients who are looking to regain the dental health and beauty that years of neglect have taken from them. Often, though, the reason for that avoidance of care is a deep-seated fear of dental offices and shutterstock_12579220procedures. If that description rings true in your situation, consider IV sedation with Ocean City’s sedation dentist, Dr. Edward Dougherty.

Who is a candidate for IV sedation dentistry?

IV sedation could be appropriate if you experience any of the following roadblocks to obtaining dental care:

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April 19, 2010

Dr. Dougherty: Your Comprehensive Dentist in Ocean City

For many people, choosing a good dentist can seem to depend on luck more than anything else. Unless you can secure shutterstock_23884660a recommendation from a family member or friend, oftentimes the process is akin to picking a name out of a hat. But today’s modern resources offer the tools you need to make an educated decision before you schedule that first visit.

This blog and accompanying website, for example, can provide invaluable insight into the kind of practice the Dr. Dougherty runs here in Ocean City, and what services we offer. By browsing through the pages on this site, you can get a clear picture of the treatments available. We even have a section that discusses your financial options, and you can get to know Dr. Dougherty a little better by reading his personal bio page. If you have any questions about our services or treatment affordability, feel free to call the office and go over them with our friendly and knowledgeable team members. (more…)

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