Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 07 May 2014 15:03
The amount of fear from a dental visit may be higher among people with frequent gagging problems.
The information comes from the authors of “Gagging and Its Associations with Dental Care—Related Fear, Fear of Pain, and Beliefs About Treatment.” The gagging issues may also cause negative beliefs about dentists and dental treatment.
The authors determined that it’s important for dentists to analyze their patients’ chances of gagging while also examining their fears and anxieties. Some dentists want their patients to breath slowly through their nose. Other dentists encourage their patients to lift their legs or wiggle their toes as a way of distracting themselves.