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.
January 15, 2015
When most people read the words root canal they think, “ouch.” In fact, however, a root canal is meant to eliminate the ouch of an infected tooth, which is usually the cause of toothache pain. Dr. Edward T. Dougherty, Jr. and his team at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry in Ocean City, MD, gently perform root canals with the aid of sedation dentistry so you are completely comfortable during the procedure.
Your tooth is essentially comprised of three layers: the hard protective layer called enamel; a sensitive middle layer known as dentin; and the inner layer that is referred to as dental pulp. The pulp houses nerve and lymph tissues, as well as blood vessels. If this pulp becomes infected—because of extensive tooth decay, a penetrating crack or hard blow to the face—then the tooth begins to die and a root canal becomes necessary to preserve the tooth and avoid extraction. Symptoms of an infected tooth include:
- Moderate to serve pain
- Swelling around the infected tooth
- A tooth that is newly discolored
- Signs of infection on an x-ray
The Root Canal Procedure
The first step in a root canal at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry is making sure you’re comfortable. If necessary, we offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation or IV sedation to help you relax. Then, Dr. Dougherty anesthetizes the site and accesses the pulp chamber and associated root canals. The canals are carefully cleaned, removing all signs of infection and any accompanying debris. The root and canals are filled with a biocompatible material and then sealed. More often than not, Dr. Dougherty tops the tooth with a crown for protection, strength and long-lasting durability.
Call Our Office Today
If you are experiencing the pain of a toothache, then call Delmarva Sedation Dentistry in Ocean City, MD, and schedule an appointment to determine whether or not root canal is the appropriate treatment. We serve patients from throughout the entire Delmarva Peninsula, including Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, and Berlin.
December 15, 2014
Did you know that avoiding dental care can lead to more than just a toothache? If you suffer from dental fear or anxiety, you could be at risk of developing the serious medical conditions linked to inflammation and infections of the teeth and gums. Recent studies have discovered a strong correlation between gum disease and cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other life threatening illnesses. Choosing to not visit the dentist regularly can literally take years off of your life. Don’t take chances with your good health, make an appointment with Dr. Dougherty at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry today. Dr. Dougherty’s sedation techniques can help you get past the dental anxiety that is jeopardizing your overall health. Dr. Dougherty protects the health of patients throughout Delmarva Peninsula, including West Ocean City, Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, Berlin and surrounding communities.
Dental Anxiety Can Lead to Serious Health Risks
- Cancer: Researchers have discovered that men with advanced gum disease are 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancer.
- Heart Disease and Stroke: Studies have shown that 91% of heart disease patients have periodontitis. The two conditions have several risk factors in common including smoking, unhealthy diet, and excess weight. Many suspect that periodontitis has a direct role in raising the risk for heart disease as well. The theory they advance is that inflammation in the mouth can cause inflammation in the blood vessels of the heart, which allow less blood to travel between the heart and the rest of the body. This can raise blood pressure and help fatty plaque to break off the wall of a blood vessel and travel to the heart or the brain, contributing to heart attack and stroke.
- Pneumonia: Studies have also shown that bacteria growing in the mouth can be aspirated into the lungs to cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia.
- Diabetes: There is an incredibly strong connection between diabetes and periodontitis. People with diabetes have trouble processing sugar because of a lack of insulin, the hormone that converts sugar into energy. Studies have found that inflammation that begins in the mouth is able to weaken your body’s ability to control blood sugar levels. Furthermore, high blood sugar provides ideal conditions for gum infections to take root. Fortunately, learning to manage gum disease can help bring your diabetes under control.
- Pregnancy Complications: Though many factors can contribute to premature or low birth weight deliveries, studies have found a possible link to gum disease. However, infection and inflammation anywhere in the body can interfere with a fetus’ development in the womb.
Dr. Dougherty is committed to his patients’ overall health and well being. That’s why he offers sedation dentistry methods to help you get the preventative dental care you need to stay healthy. Make an appointment with Dr. Dougherty at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry today. Dr. Dougherty offers sedation dentistry services to patients throughout the Delmarva Peninsula, including West Ocean City, Bethany Beach, Selbyville, Rehoboth, Fenwick, Ocean Pines, Salisbury, Berlin and nearby areas.
November 15, 2014
Have 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.
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.
October 15, 2014
One thing that can instantly give someone a bad impression is having bad breath. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can deter people from being around you, and can negatively affect the way you feel about yourself. As much as you want to make a lasting impression, halitosis will not allow you to make a positive one. If you have tried conventional methods, such as mints and gums, to tackle your halitosis and nothing seems to be working, you may need to increase your efforts in order to ensure fresher breath. Thankfully, Dr. Edward T. Dougherty is able to give some advice to his patients living with halitosis, all in the hopes they will be able to experience fresher, more welcoming breath.
Though it may seem simple enough, one of the most effective ways you can tackle your halitosis is by practicing good oral care routines. By brushing and flossing your teeth every day, you are able to eliminate millions of bacteria that reside in your smile, causing your bad breath. Your mouth houses millions of bacteria, and when they are able to sit and fester in your smile, they will multiply and take over your mouth. By brushing and flossing your teeth every day, you are able to get rid of the bacterium and debris that cause your breath to be less than appealing.
One other thing you can do that can greatly increase your odds of having fresher breath is by visiting Dr. Dougherty every six months for your dental checkups. When there is decay in your mouth, such as gum disease and cavities, all of that is caused by bacteria. When Dr. Dougherty is able to take care of the decay in your mouth, you are able to experience fresher breath, improving your way of life. If you are not sure whether or not you are living with halitosis, some examples are a constant bad taste in your mouth that will not go away, and a mouth that is always dry. By keeping these tips in mind, you are sure to begin living a life of fresher breath and better wellbeing.
If you’re interested in learning more about halitosis 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.
September 17, 2014
Everyone has fallen victim to life’s unexpected twists and turns. No matter how much we try to plan something or look forward to a certain thing taking place, life often times has a way of reminding us that it is in charge. Because many things in life cannot be planned for, emergencies and accidents happen every day. Unfortunately, one of the most common types of emergencies are dental related. Though you may think there is nothing you can do, Dr. Edward T. Dougherty is able to put your mind at rest by offering advice when faced with a dental emergency.
If you happened to lose a tooth, it is important to keep the tooth moist. Dr. Dougherty may be able to reattach the tooth to the gum tissue, but if that does not work, keep the tooth submerged in milk in the meantime. Contacting Dr. Dougherty as soon possible after the tooth is lost gives you a greater chance of being able to have it reattached. If you have cracked your tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water. After that, use a cold compress to diminish the swelling.
If your crown goes missing, put it in a safe place, and bring it with you when you come to see us so we can reattach it. If the tooth that the crown was covering is sensitive, place some clove oil on it with a cotton swab. If you are really in a bind until you set up an appointment to see us, sometimes a crown can be temporarily reattached using toothpaste or denture cream. If you have a toothache, visiting Dr. Dougherty is important, as there can be many underlying issues that could be causing your tooth to ache. While you are waiting to see Dr. Dougherty, you can treat the pain with some over the counter oral pain relief gel, and rinse your mouth out with warm water and floss.
The next time you find yourself in a dental emergency, these few, helpful tips will be able to lessen the stress and have you better prepared!
If you’re interested in learning more about dental emergencies 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.