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10 Tips for Patients Who Gag During Dental Treatment

Some people have a stronger gag reflex than others and for them dental treatment can be more challenging. Treatment by a dentist or hygienist who is NOT gentle and doesn’t understand can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Many of these people avoid dental care at all costs, resulting in even more serious dental needs, costs and emergencies.

If you are one of the many people who feel the urge to gag during dental treatment, the most important thing is to have a dentist who is patient, caring and gentle. There are other things you can do to minimize your gag reflex including:

  1. Wiggle your toes, lift your legs or squeeze your thumb to distract yourself
  2. Numbing or snore relief spray on the back of your throat
  3. Listen to music during your treatment
  4. Salt on the back of your tongue
  5. Breathe through your nose
  6. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  7. Mild sedation
  8. Learn a self-hypnosis technique
  9. Take a deep breath from your diaphragm to stop a gag
  10. Meditation or relaxation techniques

The time of day you schedule your appointment may be important too. Your urge to gag may be stronger at certain times of the day. You can test this by noticing if you feel more like gagging when you brush in the morning or at night.

We understand that a strong gag reflux is not something you choose but something that challenges you and it is important to us to be gentle and make you as comfortable possible during your dental visits. If you are looking for a dental office who is compassionate and willing to work with you, give us a call.

KN Dentistry – Orange, CA – (714) 633-2562

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