Don’t Let a Sensitive Gag Reflex Keep You from Dental Care

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, 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

  1. Breathe through your nose
  2. Keep breathing steadily
  3. Use Chloraseptic to numb the throat
  4. Take a nasal decongestant if you have sinus problems
  5. Use a snore relief spray, like Breathe Right, before the procedure
  6. Put a bit of table salt on the tip of your tongue or rinse with saline
  7. Hum during dental care
  8. Focus on music or tapping your fingers
  9. Talk, talk, talk to your dentist – many times gagging is the body’s way of dealing with fear during dental work
  10. Sedation can be an effective way to eliminate gagging

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