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Overcome Your Sensitive Gag Reflex in the Dental Chair

Woman Talking with Dentist while in Dental Chair Roswell, GA

Is a bad gag reflex keeping you from the dentist? You are not alone. While we all have a natural gag reflex (or laryngeal spasm) in our body, some are more sensitive to others. This can create anxiety when undergoing dental procedures, especially if there are dental impressions involved. Modern dentistry brings good news for people who suffer from a severe gag reflex. Not only do we have less invasive methods of performing dental care, such as digital impressions and x-rays, but we also offer several options in sedation dentistry.

Your gag reflex serves as a protective mechanism. It is a contraction of the back of the throat that is stimulated by an object touching the roof of your mouth or the back of your tongue or throat. When the reflex or spasm is extra sensitive, routine dental care can be quite uncomfortable. While most patients elect sedation dentistry to get full relief from their gag reflex and attain a relaxing experience in the dental chair, there are other patients who may be able to find a solution in the following ways to stop a bad gag reflex.

Crazy Ways to Overcome Your Bad Gag Reflex

Some of these tips may sound absurd, but there are patients who have found them effective. Best of all, they are very simple to do. Next time you are in the dental chair, give these techniques a try:

• Grip the left thumb in a tight fist to soothe your bad gag reflex quickly.
• Breathe through your nose.
• Pressure your “Hegu point” or the fleshy part of the palm.
• Schedule your dental visit in the late afternoon instead of morning.

Consider Sedation Dentistry as a Sure Solution

At Mitzi Morris, DMD, we are keenly aware of the obstacles that prevent patients from comfortably tolerating dental care. For patients with special needs, dental phobia, severe gag reflex and other limitations, sedation dentistry is a welcome solution. Not only do we offer Nitrous Oxide sedation, but Dr. Morris is also a Licensed IV Sedation dentist. We are confident we can create a relaxing experience for you in the dental chair despite your gagging struggles.

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  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

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    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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