What can be done about a strong gag reflex?

At the practice of Drs. Siegelman, we want patients to have a positive experience every time they attend an appointment with us. This is why we recommend that patients who are nervous about their visits due to a strong gag reflex discuss these concerns with our team to learn ways to manage and deal with this issue.

What can be done about a strong gag reflex at the dentist?

Dr. Siegelman and the team at Dental Phobia of New York, NY are here to help you with your dental anxieties and concerns about a strong gag reflex. Below are just a few of the methods patients can consider when it comes to managing these reflexes and having a more comfortable and positive visit to the dentist’s chair:

  • Talk to your dentist about your concerns prior to treatment. This will help them be aware of your gagging tendencies and take extra care during your appointment.
  • Try a numbing agent. A topical gel or spray can help to numb the throat and reduce the gag reflex.
  • Breathe through your nose. Focusing on breathing slowly and evenly through the nose can help to keep you calm and relaxed, making it less likely that you’ll trigger your gag reflex.
  • Distract yourself during treatment. If possible, try to focus on something else in the room or conversation with your dentist that will take your mind off of what’s happening in your mouth.
  • Consider sedation methods. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a light sedative to help you relax during treatment. This can be taken orally or inhaled before your appointment.

Learn more about ways to manage your strong gag reflexes at our practice

If you have concerns about your gag reflex, talk to your New York, NY dentist ahead of time so that they can help you make the best possible plan for a comfortable and successful visit. With the right precautions and planning, you can rest assured that your next dental visit will be a positive one. We encourage you to call our team at 212-974-8737 to discuss your unique needs before your next appointment.

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