There is absolutely no need to be embarrassed about something you can’t help. If you’re like many people who gag during dental care, we can try a few things to relax the reflex – or I can administer sedation during your visit. I’m Dr. James DeFinnis at Back Mountain Dental, and my team and I want you to feel confident, comfortable, and relaxed during your dental visits.
These tips, from www.dentalfearcentral.org, come from dentists and patients who have experience with a sensitive gag reflex. If you have tips to share, please leave a comment at the end of this post. If you’d like to discuss your situation with me, call my office at 570-736-4360 to schedule a consultation. Together, we’ll find the best solution for your optimal comfort during dental care!
Tips to Relieve a Sensitive Gag Reflex
- Breathe through your nose
- Keep breathing steadily
- Use Chloraseptic to numb the throat
- Take a nasal decongestant if you have sinus problems
- Use a snore relief spray, like Breathe Right, before the procedure
- Put a bit of table salt on the tip of your tongue or rinse with saline
- Hum during dental care
- Focus on music or tapping your fingers
- Talk, talk, talk to your dentist – many times gagging is the body’s way of dealing with fear during dental work
- Sedation can be an effective way to eliminate gagging