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How can I stop gagging and choking after being frozen at the dentist?

How can I stop gagging and choking after being frozen at the dentist?

Gagging: Gagging is a psychological condition that can stimulate a gag reflex. Breathing through your mouth as well as the doctor and their team minimize activity in the gag reflex area. It's also advantageous for your to visualize yourself doing something else to get your mind off the procedure. There are other medical techniques but this is the most simple. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Hi what size is the endoscope for upper? Just a little scared about choking or gagging.

Hi what size is the endoscope for upper? Just a little scared about choking or gagging.

No worries: Hi Dale,
They are very small. Depends on the size your doctor chooses but typically for upper GI purposes, they range between 5-10 mm. You will also get conscious sedation for this procedure so that you don't choke or gag. Many of my patients that have had upper endoscopies say that they didn't even remember the procedure being done. Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to be choking, sneezing, gagging, and coughing regularly?

Is it normal for my baby to be choking, sneezing, gagging, and coughing regularly?

No: Normal babies occasionally sneeze and cough, uncommonly gag and rarely choke. If your baby is regularly doing any or all of these, you should arrange for an appointment with your pediatrician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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8mo baby eats pureed foods very well but as I give her foods with more consistency she gags by touching it with tongue. Terrified of choking. Help!

8mo baby eats pureed foods very well but as I give her foods with more consistency she gags by touching it with tongue. Terrified of choking. Help!

Slow Inc.reased: Needs to make your own foods slowly increasing consist any. Some kids also will eat over cooked carrots and peas as snacks usually use one at a time to get child used to increased textured ...Read more

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I feel and see bumps on the back and sides of my tounge and they feel like hair. Plus I keep choking and gagging. I feel it when I swallow too. Help.

Go see dentist: You should really get to a dentist and get checked out, but could just be bumps on your tongue called papillae that have taste buds all over them. These are normal, but can get hairy projections if you don't keep your tongue clean. Just brush your tongue and that should help get rid of it. Still, since you are choking and gagging, you should get into dentist to be checked out. Take care! ...Read more

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Is there an alternative to an esophageal PH test? I am scared to take a tube down to my stomach and start choking and gagging for 24 hours.

GERD: That is the definitive diagnostic tool to check for LPR. If you are concerned, then talk to your doctor. There is no reason to worry and if you don't tolerate it, it cab be removed without any difficulty or discomfort. ...Read more

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2 yr old has overactive gag reflex, can't eat textured foods without gagging/throwing up. How can I help him overcome this without him choking?

2 yr old has overactive gag reflex, can't eat textured foods without gagging/throwing up. How can I help him overcome this without him choking?

See a doctor: It is normal for 2 year olds to like some foods and not others, but gagging and vomiting when trying to eat any food with texture suggests a problem. Your child's pediatrician can examine him for any physical problems and possibly refer him for therapy. Occupational therapists or speech therapists can sometimes help with problems like this if it is more behavioral that physical. ...Read more

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2 months ago started with intense cough (with gagging and choking). Now have sore throat/ears on and off and exhaustion. Mild cough now. Pertussis?

2 months ago started with intense cough (with gagging and choking).  Now have sore throat/ears on and off and exhaustion.  Mild cough now.  Pertussis?

Possible: But your symptoms are rather suggesting a different etiology for the second wave of symptoms. You probably started with a protracted viral illness and pertussis is a possibility, but I believe now the etiology is different and it may involve a different virus or bacteria, allergies, etc. Definitely worth a visit with your physician. ...Read more

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How can choking to death happen?

How can choking to death happen?

Airway blocked: You get a large chunk of food or other object stuck in the trachea (windpipe) and no air can get into the lungs causing suffocation and ddeath. ...Read more

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Why do I feel like I am choking sometimes?

Panic: Panic atttacks can give you the feeling of chocking. E. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: choking?

What is the definition or description of: choking?

Blocked airway: Chocking is when something is obstructing the airway often the trachea. This is an emergency. Someone chocking with complete obstruction cannot speak. They will often grab at their throats. The heimlich maneuver is the famous technique taught in bls courses to try to relieve the obstruction. ...Read more

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What should you do if a baby is choking on something?

What should you do if a baby is choking on something?

Back blows: Immediately turn them over your knee facing downwards and deliver 4-5 quick back blows (firm but not REALLY hard). Look to see if the food is obviously visible in the mouth. Do NOT do a blind finger sweep as it can push the object further down. This is not the forum for teaching infant CPR, and that may be a class you want to take locally to gain more confidence in what to do. ...Read more

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How can I keep from choking if I lose a piece of mouthguard?

How can I keep from choking if I lose a piece of mouthguard?

Get a custom mg: Don't skimp on the type of mouthguard. Over the counter or online, non custom mouthguards are usually not well-made. Get a well constructed custom-made mg at the dentist or tmj/tmd specialist. Express your concerns, which may dictate the type. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the first thing to do if someone is choking?

Make sure!: First make sure that the person is actually choking. Ask them directly, they won't be able to talk but can confirm it using signs or nodding. If the person is choking but it is coughing they should be left alone as it means they are still being able to get air in and are trying to clear the obstruction. In the case when the person cannot breathe the heimlich maneuver can be used. ...Read more

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How often is choking fatal?

Not often: Only when there is complete obstruction of the airway is choking fatal. If you are talking about the kind of choking used in sexual arousal; this can be very dangerous and should be avoided at all times. ...Read more

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Cough feels like I am choking on water.

See a doctor: It sounds like this could be fairly serious bronchitis or even pneumonia. Don't mess around with these symptoms: see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I prevent choking in an infant I babysit?

How can I prevent choking in an infant I babysit?

See below: Safety. The environment must be safe. Make sure any small objects, toy parts, are not within in reach of a curious infant. The child should be under your observation at all times. And, you need to avoid foods that maybe choking hazards, nuts, hard candy, whole hot dogs, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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