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Severe Gag Reflex Elk Grove, CA

Severe Gag Reflex

Everyone has a gag reflex, but for some, it is more sensitive or severe than for others. If you have an over-active gag reflex, dental treatments can be uncomfortable without the use of precautions to help you relax. Our team at Laguna West Dental Care wants every patient to feel at ease while we perform their cleanings, treatments and exams. If you have a severe gag reflex, we can help find solutions to ensure you are comfortable when you come to us for your oral health needs.

There are physiological and psychological reasons why some people have a sensitive gag reflex. It can be a physical sensitivity that causes an over-reaction of the gag muscles when anything touches the back area of the tongue or throat. For others, stress or anxiety during dental treatments can intensify the gag reflex. If you have had problems in the past with an over-active gag reflex, let our dentist and dental team know. There are options to help you relax and reduce the occurrence of this reaction to provide a more comfortable experience during your dental visits.

Relaxation Options for Over-Active Gag Reflex

Some people with an over-active gag reflex can find relief with relaxation techniques. Focusing on breathing through the nose or concentrating on an exterior distraction may help minimize stress and reduce discomfort. For those with a severe gag reflex, sedation may be the best option. We offer oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide that can be effective in relaxing the mind and body during dental treatments to minimize the chance of gagging. We can also use special tools and equipment to help reduce saliva and pressure near the back of the mouth.

If a sensitive gag reflex has made dental treatments uncomfortable for you in the past, please let our team know. We can find a solution to help you have a more relaxing, comfortable experience when you visit us for your dental care needs.

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Our Patient Reviews

Laguna West Dental Care


Based on 19 reviews

Suzanne B.

As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

Jennifer B.

We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

Stephanie O.

In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

Janet S.

Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!