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Sedation Dentistry in Ocean City, MD Helps Dental Patients Feel At Ease

Woman on beach in hammockAmong the most common phobias, dental anxiety can range from mild trepidation to outright terror. Millions of people avoid dental visits every year because of fear, anxiety, or time constraints. Dr. Edward Dougherty has been studying and practicing sedation dentistry for over 15 years –in fact, our practice is named after our emphasis on sedation services! This modern miracle will relieve your tension so you can finally get the dental care you need and deserve.

Sedation dentistry is perfect for patients who:

  • Are afraid, nervous, or embarrassed
  • Have trouble getting numb
  • Need several treatments in one visit
  • Dislike the sights, sounds, and smells of a dental office
  • Have jaw, neck, back, or shoulder pain
  • Are claustrophobic
  • Gag easily

Sedation dentistry can accommodate anyone’s unique needs, and we offer different levels of sedation. Dr. Dougherty will evaluate your medical history and discuss your goals and concerns before recommending the level of sedation that’s right for you.

Woman doing yoga on beachNitrous Oxide Sedation

This mild form of sedation involves a calm-inducing gas called nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”. To use it, patients will inhale nitrous oxide through a small nose mask. The gas promotes an overall sense of euphoria and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide are felt immediately and subside once the mask is removed.

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Woman laying in hammockOral Conscious Sedation

Moderate sedation, or oral conscious sedation, involves an oral sedative that the patient takes on the day of their appointment. Oral conscious sedation will make you feel very tired, although you will still be able to respond to Dr. Dougherty’s questions. With oral conscious sedation, hours will feel like minutes, and you will probably have little memory of the actual procedure. Dr. Dougherty is certified in oral conscious sedation by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

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Man relaxing in hammockIV Sedation

IV sedation is often called “sleep dentistry” because patients can literally wake up with a new smile. Dr. Dougherty has more control over the level of sedation you receive with this method. Sleep dentistry is available for all procedures, and if you are particularly anxious, it is the perfect choice. Sleep dentistry also makes it possible for patients to have several treatments done in a short time frame. Dr. Dougherty will carefully evaluate your medical records and monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety during IV sedation.

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Dr. Dougherty will guide you through the sedation dentistry process here at Delmarva Sedation Dentistry, answering all of your questions and telling you what to expect. If you’d like to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious sedation, or IV sedation, don’t hesitate to call our Ocean City, MD dental office. Our team members are always happy to explain the details of your treatment options.