Hi, I have a dental phobia due to the main reason that I think because have a very overactive gag reflex. Every time the dentist puts anything in my mouth i feel sick and begin to heave. The dentist has tried to help but drug commonly used in sedation does not relax me enough and I am desperate to have some work done, as I have started to get black spots and could really do with getting some fillings before my teeth get really bad. Please tell me what can I do?
Have you 1tried to find a dentist who offers RA, which is a mixture of nitous oxide and Oxygen which suppresses the gag reflex.
IV sedation is not a lways successful for this as you have found .
Hypnotherapy may also help .
Sometimes just a dentist who is patient and a dental nurse who is cateful with suction machine can get you there.
Look up the article on gagging in www.dentalfearcentral.org
Dr Jennifer Pinder
Bupa Dental Centre
36-38 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND
Web: www.dentistforphobics.co.uk Tel: 0207 200 5800