What can be done about a strong gag reflex?

Woman in a dental office having a seat in a medical chair Patients with a strong gag reflex may find themselves uneasy when they have an upcoming dental appointment. They may already find themselves gagging when brushing their teeth, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Luckily, Dr. Siegelman of New York, NY, provide a few different ways to help patients with their concerns, including strong gag reflexes. This ensures each patient is comfortable for those who may find themselves backing out of upcoming appointments because of their reflexes.

What can be done for dental patients with a strong gag reflex?

There are a few things that can be done for dental patients with a strong gag reflex. Dr. Siegelman may suggest some of the following additions or recommendations for these patients:

  • One option is to use a numbing gel or spray on the gums before beginning treatment. This can help to reduce the sensation and make it easier for the patient to tolerate. It may be used in conjunction with nitrous oxide to ensure the patient is relaxed as well.
  • Different instruments. Another option is to use a smaller, more flexible dental instrument. This can help to ease the discomfort and make it easier for the patient to keep their mouth open during treatment. Some patients may even benefit from a mouth device that can keep the lips and mouth open for the dentist to work successfully in providing their treatment faster and with less discomfort to the patient.
  • Finally, some patients may benefit from sedation dentistry, which can help to relax them and make it easier to tolerate dental procedures. Sedation can range from simple nitrous oxide to oral conscious sedation medications to achieve the desired results.

Learn more about our strategies for assisting patients with a strong gag reflex

Call Dr. Siegelman of New York, NY, provide a wide selection of dental services and can assist patients who are uneasy about seeing the dentist due to a strong gag reflex. Call 212-974-8737 to request a consultation visit with our staff. We are open to new and established patients and families in the community considering experienced professionals who are focused on ensuring a comfortable appointment each and every time!

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