Relief for Sensitive Gag Reflex

Do you have a sensitive gag reflex that makes visits to the dentist uncomfortable or embarrassing? Does gagging prevent you from making dental appointments? I’m Dr. James DeFinnis, a sedation dentist in Trucksville, PA, and I have experience helping patients feel relaxed and comfortable during their dental visits.

IV sedation is one method that helps alleviate sensitive gag reflex, but I can also offer you some tips to control the issue yourself:

  • Tell your dentist about your issue and about the specific procedures that have triggered your gag reflex in the past.
  • Breathe deeply through your nose, because this will help alleviate stress and anxiety, major causes of gagging at the dentist.
  • Figure out what time of day your gag reflex is the most sensitive and schedule dental appointments around it.
  • Listen to music or watch a movie to distract yourself during dental procedures.
  • Ask your dentist if procedures can be performed while you sit or stand up, as the reflex can be worse when you lie down.
  • Bring salt with you, as a dab of salt on the tongue is highly affective when dealing with gagging.

A sensitive gag reflex is a natural response in many people. It is nothing to be embarrassed about and you can learn to control it. But I can provide extra help if you cannot overcome gagging on your own. Call Back Mountain Dental today at 570-736-4360 to schedule a consultation. I offer relaxing sedation dentistry, in a comfortable environment, to patients in Trucksville, PA, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and surrounding areas.

Thanks to for providing the above tips, from dentists and patients who have experience with sensitive gag reflex.

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