Gag Reflex A Problem During Dental Visits?

Thursday, December 26th, 2013, 4:18 pm

A new study from Italy shows that accupuncture can help dental patients who gag during dental visits. If your gag reflex is a problem, you aren’t alone. 

Patients who have a sensitive gag reflex often avoid the dentist, depriving themselves of needed care. The researchers from the University of Palermo completed a small study that compared taking impressions on patients who normally gag, with and without accupuncture treatment.

The study participants self-reported their “gag reflex” scores on a 0-10 scale. During the impressions taken normally, the participants averaged a score of 7. Accupuncture needles were applied just before taking the second round of impressions and the average gag reflex score dropped to a 1! Accupuncture  is not currently a common therapy used in US dental offices but this study may offer future insights into the problem of gagging for patients.

Sedation dentistry is often used for patients with dental anxiety or a strong gag reflex. Sedation can also help those who simply have a hard time sitting still for dental treatment or those who require extensive treatment. Options range from the very mild, including nitrous oxide, to deeper sedation using medications. Sedation dentistry allows patients to receive needed dental care, even extensive procedures, while remaining completely relaxed.

Find out more about sedation dentistry and if it is right for you by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA at 706-886-9439.



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