Gagging during dental treatment
by: Dental Assistant Team
For some patient, gagging is a serious condition, leading to fear of dental treatment.
How do we deal with a gagging reflex?
I have seen quite a few patients with this condition, and with patience and gentle care I can say that we can turn it around and improve the comfort of the patient tremendously.
It can take a while as we have to get to know one another, but once the patient is completely comfortable in the chair, the gagging reflex can disappear all together. If you are suffering from a gagging reflex while at the dentist and still have doubts on my approach, read on!
A gagging reflex at the dentist's office is usually caused by psychological factors (fear of the dentist or fear of dental treatment), physiological factors, or a combination of both.
Your gagging reflex can also be a reaction to panic for some. For example, if you are a mouth breather and suddenly your breathing path is altered, it becomes difficult to breathe provoking a gag reaction. That feeling of not being able to catch your breath can be particularly unpleasant.
Teaching our patients to take control of their gag reflex starts with some breathing exercises. Adopting a comfortable relaxed posture in the dental chair will allow you to relax and combined with breathing slowly through your nose and enough practice, you should slowly start getting a grip on your gag reflex. My constant guidance every step of the way with gentle coaching will make this process a reality.
I have a few tricks up my sleeves (I can't divulge them all here), I can promise you, we can help you overcome that unpleasant feeling. Be sure to share with our staff if you are apprehensive, we will do everything in our power to make you feel as comfortable as possible. And, maybe not the first visit, but with some practice along with my gentle coaching, your gagging reflex might completely go away!
If you have any questions regarding this post, contact us at: 561-265-1998 , one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
Article date: Jun. 04 2013
Type: Afraid Of The Dentist
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County