What is a Severe Gag Reflex?
A severe gag reflex can make it uncomfortable or difficult to obtain dental treatment. You may be embarrassed to come in for care because you’re afraid that you’re going to start gagging. We are accustomed to working with patients who have a sensitive gag reflex and are able to make their appointments much more comfortable. With the help of either sedation or working slowly to provide care, we can make your visit with us enjoyable.
Why would you have a Severe Gag Reflex?
Some people have more sensitive gag reflexes than others. Some of this has to do with genetics and hereditary traits and others are simply unique to the individual. Oftentimes, a severe gag reflex starts in childhood and can extend well into adulthood. A sensitive gag reflex can go away over time, but it could be permanent.
What can be done to treat or alleviate a Severe Gag Reflex?
Our goal is to provide you with dental care that is comfortable and enjoyable. Sedation can often make your visits with us more bearable because your gag flex isn’t as sensitive. Sedation can involve either full or partial sleep, which you will get to choose prior to the actual treatment being administered. We will take our time with the procedures so that you have time to compose yourself if you feel like you’re going to throw up.
What should you expect during an appointment with us if you have a Severe Gag Reflex?
Our doctor and staff will help to make your appointment comfortable. Even with a severe gag reflex, we can offer options that ensure you receive adequate and effective dental care. Whether you choose sedation for your appointments or simply want an easier, slower care process, we can work with you to meet your needs. We work with patients of all ages, whether they are children or adults. If at any time you need us to stop treatment, we can take a break or schedule you to come back in at your earliest convenience.
If you have a severe gag reflex, call our office and we can schedule you to come in for a consultation prior to treatment.