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Having dentistry: what is the explanation for the gurgling phenomenon in my throat at dentist?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Kam
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: Saliva
Our salivary glands make about 1.
5-2 litres of saliva a day. There is an automatic reflex swallowing even when sleep. Voluntary inhibition of this reflex occurs during dental procedures and saliva builds up in the back of your throat leading to gurgling.

In brief: Saliva
Our salivary glands make about 1.
5-2 litres of saliva a day. There is an automatic reflex swallowing even when sleep. Voluntary inhibition of this reflex occurs during dental procedures and saliva builds up in the back of your throat leading to gurgling.
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam
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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Gurgling
Most likely water in the back of your throat which can be cleared by the suction tip or a narrow airway.
Ask your dentist to check your throat next time to rule out any problem. If you can try to breath through your nose during dental treatment.

In brief: Gurgling
Most likely water in the back of your throat which can be cleared by the suction tip or a narrow airway.
Ask your dentist to check your throat next time to rule out any problem. If you can try to breath through your nose during dental treatment.
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dr. Thomas Davis
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
In brief: Fluid
As the teeth are prepared for fillings or cleaned with the sonic instrument , water is sprayed out of the instruments.
While every effort is made to catch as much as possible, some still joins your own saliva and rests at the back of your throat. As you breath, you create the gurgling sound. All very normal.

In brief: Fluid
As the teeth are prepared for fillings or cleaned with the sonic instrument , water is sprayed out of the instruments.
While every effort is made to catch as much as possible, some still joins your own saliva and rests at the back of your throat. As you breath, you create the gurgling sound. All very normal.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Maurice Lindly
Dentistry
In brief: Mouth breathing
You are breathing at least partially through your mouth during treatment.

In brief: Mouth breathing
You are breathing at least partially through your mouth during treatment.
Dr. Maurice Lindly
Dr. Maurice Lindly
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Dr. Guy Hanson
Dentistry
In brief: Water
Water may be pooling in the back of your throat and breathing causes the gurgling noise.

In brief: Water
Water may be pooling in the back of your throat and breathing causes the gurgling noise.
Dr. Guy Hanson
Dr. Guy Hanson
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