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Sensitive Gag Reflex Fort Mill, SC
Dr. Kavi Sagunarthy

The gag reflex is a natural part of the human body, yet some people have a much more sensitive gag reflex than others. The soft palate in the back of the mouth is extremely sensitive. If something touches or gets near this palate, the irritation evokes a feeling that you are going to vomit. There are different levels of sensitivity among people, but those with an overly sensitive gag reflex often avoid the dentist because they are fearful that they will not be able to handle anything put into their mouth.

It is important to understand that putting off dental visits is dangerous to the health of your entire mouth. Just because you have a sensitive gag reflex does not mean that you cannot receive successful dental care. There are ways to alleviate your gag reflex to ensure that you are able to receive positive and comfortable dental care.

  • Talk to your dentist! Your dentist wants to be able to provide the dental care that you need for a healthy mouth. A sensitive gag reflex is actually quite common, and dental hygienists and dentists are able to provide more specific approaches to cleaning the teeth when they know upfront that a sensitive gag reflex is of concern.
  • Breathe through your nose. Focus on breathing through your nose during any dental procedure. Not only does keeping your focus on your breathing help to distract your brain, but it is also likely to reduce the chance of a psychosocially induced gag reflex from occurring.
  • Distract yourself. Watching TV or listening to music often helps the brain become focused on something else so that you are distracted from what is going on inside your mouth during a dental visit.
  • Request afternoon appointments. Studies show that a person’s gag reflex is often more sensitive in the morning because the body is more awake. Scheduling an afternoon dental appointment, when the body is more relaxed, can often help prevent the gag reflex from being too active.
  • Watch your posture. Sitting up straighter provides more room in the back of the throat. Ask to adjust your dental chair so that it is most comfortable for you.
  • Ask about sedation dentistry options.

At Gold Hill Dentistry, we never want anyone to neglect their oral health because of a sensitive gag reflex. This is nothing to be ashamed of, and it is common in adults and children. We want you to be comfortable. Talk to us!

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466

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Marsha Rose

The staff at Gold Hill Dentistry is wonderful. They are polite, professional and helpful I have a history of working as both a dental assistant and hygienist in another state. I’m extremely particular when it comes to my dental care. My daughter recommended Gold Hill. I am very pleased with my dental care. I highly recommend the practice.

Don Rowley

The entire staff at Gold Hill Family Dentistry are professional, friendly, and very good at what they do. I’ve made numerous recommendations to family and friends. Very happy with the dental work they do. Scheduling, insurance processing, and follow up are always first class. Dr Kavi is the man.

Angelique Autumn McGowan

I highly recommend this dental practice. The staff are gracious, helpful, courteous and accommodating. Dr. Sagunarthy is a wonderful dentist. This is from someone who has always suffered with dental and gum issues. He is current on dental information, kind, gentle and professional! I am so happy to have found this practice!

Richard DeCristo

Dr. Sagunarthy is one of if not the best dentist I ever went to. He recently replaced a crown that was botched by another dentist and the procedure was done perfectly and painlessly. I first went to Gold Hill Dentistry for a second opinion on four crowns and maybe a root canal I needed asap from another dentist in Fort Mill. As it turned out I needed the crown replacement and only one other at a later date. That’s about $6000.00 I saved leaving this OTHER FORT MILL DENTIST. In addition to this wonderful dentist, the total staff is outstanding.

Chrissy Jaselskis

Awesome dentist. Everyone was nice and professional. Very thorough job cleaning my teeth. Lots of great conversations. Staff made an uncomfortable place for me very comfortable. Thank you.

Thomas Dorsett

Very professional and caring staff. Highly recommend the service, they take personal care with all patience. I have experienced some of the best Hygienist.

Bill Strickland

Great staff. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Would heartily recommend as they have been taking care of my family for years.

Midge Zimmerman

I have dental anxiety. I dreaded locating a dentist after recently moving to the area. I had gone to another dentist in the area but quickly changed to Gold Hill Denistry. Dr. Sagarnathy and staff are always kind, gentle and concerned with my well being. They also do a really good dental work. Other than routine work, I have had an implant, and chipped tooth repaired, all are doing well.

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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466