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How to prevent gagging when the dentist makes a mold of your teeth?

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Dr. Martin Hertzel
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Breathe through nose

If you breathe through your nose, you will keep your airway open and not trigger your gag reflex.
It is all about mind over matter. Anything you can do to take your mind off what is happening in your mouth, you will not gag. You can also ask your dentist to numb the back of your throat with some topical anesthetic. Spray type topical works best for this.

In brief: Breathe through nose

If you breathe through your nose, you will keep your airway open and not trigger your gag reflex.
It is all about mind over matter. Anything you can do to take your mind off what is happening in your mouth, you will not gag. You can also ask your dentist to numb the back of your throat with some topical anesthetic. Spray type topical works best for this.
Dr. Martin Hertzel
Dr. Martin Hertzel
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Difficult

It is difficulty to prevent the gag reflex if it is triggered by something the the back of your mouth/throat.
A topical anesthetic can be sprayed but does not guarantee stopping the gag reflex. Fortunately the mold process goes quickly.

In brief: Difficult

It is difficulty to prevent the gag reflex if it is triggered by something the the back of your mouth/throat.
A topical anesthetic can be sprayed but does not guarantee stopping the gag reflex. Fortunately the mold process goes quickly.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Lots of ways

As an orthodontist i take impressions all the time.
Try going to dentist 1st thing am, don't eat or drink before appt, sit upright and even lean forward a bit when impression taken, breathe thru your nose, topical anesthetic rinse or spray. Nothing's foolproof. Talk to your dentist about your concerns and he will be better able to support you.

In brief: Lots of ways

As an orthodontist i take impressions all the time.
Try going to dentist 1st thing am, don't eat or drink before appt, sit upright and even lean forward a bit when impression taken, breathe thru your nose, topical anesthetic rinse or spray. Nothing's foolproof. Talk to your dentist about your concerns and he will be better able to support you.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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