Can I have sedation for denture impressions? I gag so much that it has become impossible for the dentist to do the surgery and keeps telling me to come back when I am ‘more mentally prepared’, which I found offensive and unsympathetic.
There is a solution for this which has worked for many patients I have treated.
Its called Relative Analgesia which is a mixture of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen which you inhale until you are in a relaxed state .
In many cases it suppresses the gag reflex altogether.
however you need to find a dentist who carries out this technique and does the dental treatment you need .
Alternatives are Hypnosis , perhaps a 10 mgm diazepam tablet , or when you have the impression material put in concentrate on your breathing through your nose , put your head forward and lift your feet off the chair to distract yourself . The dentist will have seen this before and should help you through it .
Dr Jennifer Pinder
Bupa Dental Centre
36-38 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND
Web: www.dentistforphobics.co.uk Tel: 0207 200 5800