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How to Reduce Your Gag Reflex in Dentist’s Chair?

By superadmin

November 19, 2019

People are apprehensive about getting into the dentist’s chair, the thought of it can be daunting for some patients with a strong gag reflex. However, avoiding going to the dentist is not a solution. If you delay dental care due to fear of gagging can increase the risk for serious health concerns. Your gag reflex is severe or minor, the dentist can help you to lessen the odds of gagging and make the experience at the dentist more comfortable. Whether your gag reflex is triggered by psychological ones or physiological factors, you can take steps to lower or control gag reflex in Sydney when having dental work done.

Understanding what causes gag reflex can help to take steps to reduce its efforts. Often people disagree whether gag reflex is produced by psychological concerns or physical factors. The truth is that overactive gag reflex can be caused by either source or a combination of both. Many people experience anxieties around dental appointments especially if they had issues gagging or other traumatic experience.  This anxiety and stress cause a greater tendency to gag when in the dentist’s chair.

Don’t Swallow Your Saliva

We don’t like the idea of drooling in the dentist’s chair, but if you try to prevent drool from escaping your mouth by swallowing the saliva can lead to gagging.

Concentrate on Breathing Through the Nose

Breathing through your mouth is the most common gag reflex trigger but often it’s the default when your mouth is propped open. Just focus on breathing deeply through your nose.  If allergies or cold have resulted in a stuffy nose, take an over the counter decongestant prior to arriving at the dentist’s office or try to use nasal strips.

Find a Distraction

Taking the focus off of your mouth can lessen the chances of engaging your gag reflex.  Listening to music through headphones, squeezing a stress ball or employing self-hypnosis techniques are amazing distractions from ongoing dental work.

Employ Desensitization Techniques

Prior to any dental work, you can take steps to reduce the soft palate’s gag-inducing sensitivity to touch. Try to locate where the gag reflex begins on the tongue by using your toothbrush and brush in that spot for around 10 seconds.  After repeating this for numerous nights, you will find that you gag less. You need to continue this process every night, moving the toothbrush back as your gag reflex becomes desensitized slowly. It might be unpleasant at first, but this desensitization technique can offer a long term treatment actually for overactive gag reflex over the course of about a month.

Hypnosis is one of the best ways to reduce your gagging process and get a relaxing feeling. It changes the automatic response that deals directly with the subconscious mind. Help My Pain have a team of therapists who have years of experience in this industry and they delve into the causes that result in abnormal swallowing pain. So if you want to deal with gag reflex discomfort, consult our hypnotherapist.