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Dentistry for Patients with Severe Gag Reflex

If you have a sensitive or severe gag reflex, you may dread going to the dentist. The instruments that must be placed inside your mouth can cause an involuntary reaction that makes you gag or choke. This is a common issue, but one that can be managed with specialized dental care. At Smile Design Studios, we offer comfortable dental care for those with a severe gag reflex to ensure they receive the oral care they need for a healthy smile.

Everyone has a gag reflex, but for some people this reflex is more sensitive. The body reacts to protect the airway from intrusion to prevent choking. Severe gag reflex can be a physical issue or caused by mental anxiety. Touching the back of the tongue, mouth or throat entrance can cause gagging, which is disruptive to dental care and difficult for the patient. Our team at Smile Design Studios works with our patients with sensitive gag reflexes. We help to find a solution to make them feel comfortable while we care for their teeth and gums.

Controlling a Sensitive Gag Reflex

There are techniques that can help control a sensitive gag reflex. For some patients, just concentrating on something else can help them relax during dental treatments. We offer wireless headphones, free Wi-Fi and Netflix shows to give our patients a distraction during dental care. If a patient has a severe gag reflex, sedation methods may be the best option to keep their mind and body relaxed while we perform their dental treatments. Both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation are available. These options can help those with severe gag reflexes stay calm and at ease during dental procedures.

Do not let a sensitive or severe gag reflex interfere with protecting your oral health. Our team at Smile Design Studios in Missouri City can offer solutions to help you remain calm and comfortable during dental treatments. Contact our office to schedule your next visit. Let us know if you suffer from a severe gag reflex so we can personalize a treatment plan for your needs.

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Ronnie G.

Absolutely amazing staff. Takes the time to make you feel comfortable and at ease. Office is extremely clean and welcoming. Takes care of you as a person and client and not as just a number. Dr. Ellis is truly amazing!

Roderick D.

My experience at Smile Design Studio was a very nice and pleasant one. Everyone is very professional, courteous and approachable. Dr. Ellis is very knowledgeable, caring and makes you feel right at ease. Today was my first visit, but definitely not the last.

Chantelle B.

Thank you Dr. Ellis for your amazing service. Dr. Ellis really cares about her patients and she takes great care of you. Her staff is awesome from the front desk you feel welcomed and my experience was the same all the way through. I was SUPER afraid to have any dental work done but Dr. Ellis made me feel so much better. I would recommend Dr. Ellis to everyone! Thank you Dr. Ellis

Terence H.

Dr. Ellis and her staff are always very professional and create a pleasant dental experience. My entire family is under the care of Dr. Ellis and we appreciate the attention to detail that she provides so that we have healthy teeth and gums. I highly recommend her practice for your dental needs and a beautiful smile!