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Does the Dentist Make You Gag? Marietta, GA

Does the Dentist Make You Gag?

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Everyone has a gag reflex, which refers to our body’s natural response in the back of the throat when something touches the glossopharyngeal nerve fibers (or the soft palate behind the nasal cavity and at the back of your mouth). In an effort to prevent choking, your body responds with a “gag” to regurgitate the object. However, some people have a more sensitive gag reflex than others – and this can be problematic when you are in the dental chair!

If you have a sensitive gag reflex, it is not uncommon to fear or avoid the dental office. Your thoughts and anxieties about your gag reflex are important, because the pharyngeal reflex can be triggered physiologically as well as psychologically. So how do you calm your mind and protect your sensitive pharyngeal nerves to keep you from gagging in the dental chair? Fortunately, there are several ways to help!

Tips and Tricks

There are some surprising things you can do while sitting in the dental chair or before your visit that can “desensitize” your reflex, such as gripping your left thumb in a tight fist, positioning your chair more upright, scheduling your appointment in the afternoon or breathing through your nose during your procedure. However, your dentist can help to. Consider choosing a dentist who offers the following.

Sedation Dentistry

One of the best ways to combat a sensitive gag reflex is with sedation dentistry. Using a sedative pill or nitrous oxide gas, patients can remain calm and relaxed during their time in the dental chair, without the worry of gagging when a dental instrument is put in their mouth.

No-Impression Dentistry

In the past, getting a dental restoration (such as a crown) involved taking an impression or mold of your teeth using dental cement. This gooey putty can be quite unpleasant and especially triggering for someone with a sensitive gag reflex. Now, modern dentists use advanced imaging technology to eliminate impression and take measurements of your teeth digitally. It is important to find a dentist who is equipped with these types of minimally-invasive technologies, such as the Omnicam digital scanner at Gilreath Family Dentistry.

Don’t let your fear of gagging keep you from the dentist! Call Gilreath Family Dentistry today to learn more about how we can make your dental visits comfortable and stress-free.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Marietta, GA 30060

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