Dental care requires access to various areas of the mouth. For some people, instruments touching the back area of the tongue or mouth can trigger a gag reflex. If you have an overactive or sensitive gag reflex, dental treatments can be uncomfortable and frustrating. At Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces, we welcome patients with a severe gag reflex at our clinics in San Antonio.
Patients with a severe gag reflex can have difficulty relaxing during cleanings, dental checkups and treatments. For some, it is a physical sensitivity that is difficult to control. For others, it may be a nervous response. In either case, a severe gag reflex can be uncomfortable for the patient. Some people may avoid dental care due to their condition. This can result in poor oral health and more severe dental problems. Our team at Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces helps those with severe gag reflexes find solutions to ensure they are comfortable. We will help them to be able to receive the dental care they need for a healthy smile.
Comfortable, Relaxed Dental Care
Using relaxation techniques can be helpful for some patients with severe gag reflex. For others, sedation dentistry is an effective solution. We offer nitrous oxide that can relax the mind while our patients receive their dental care. For many people with a severe gag reflex, nitrous oxide helps them relax and stop focusing on the oral procedure. When more invasive treatments are performed, oral conscious sedation may be recommended or special accommodations to ensure our patients with overactive gag reflexes are comfortable and safe during dental procedures.
If you have had problems with an over sensitive gag reflex during dental procedures, please let our team at Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces know. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We can discuss solutions to help you feel more comfortable during your dental visits to either of our San Antonio clinics.