Gagging is a normal protective reflex to protect the airway and remove irritant material from the throat.

This can become a problem if it is triggered involuntarily by instruments placed in the mouth and can be a real barrier to treatment or stopping people from seeking treatment. Sitting in the dental chair can be enough to trigger the response in some patients.

Treatment always begins with a full assessment and a sympathetic approach followed by appropriate strategies to help with the provision of the dental procedures.

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction and desensitisation techniques
  • Complimentary medicine – Acupuncture and Hypnosis
  • Psychological and behavioural therapies
  • Local anaesthesia techniques.

Please call the surgery or complete the self-referral form to book an appointment for an initial assessment.

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