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.