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Dentist Advice

Postby SurgicalSteel » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:50 pm UTC

So, I'm going to the dentist tomorrow for a check up, and the thing I hate the most about check ups is having the x-rays taken. I have a strong gag reflex and having that thing in my mouth triggers it damn near 100% of the time. Does anybody have any advice about how to avoid gagging while having x-rays taken?

In return, a little advice of my own for people who get nervous in the chair: all the dentists I've been to have allowed patients to bring an MP3 player if they ask. It really helps to be able to concentrate on the music in your ears while the dentist does their work.
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Re: Dentist Advice

Postby pseudoidiot » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:56 pm UTC

For the little plastic tab thingy they put in your mouth for the x-rays, a) make sure to mention your gag reflex, b) they usually have child-sized versions that may not trigger your gag reflex so easily.
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Re: Dentist Advice

Postby Kang » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:08 pm UTC

This doesn't help at all, but:
Re: MP3 Player: my dentist actually has a TV mounted to the ceiling, running some nature documentary in endless loop. Think about it, if you happen to be a dentist yourself!

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Re: Dentist Advice

Postby philsov » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:14 pm UTC

breathe through your nose only.

usually does the trick for me, anyways.
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Re: Dentist Advice

Postby Deva » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:25 pm UTC

philsov wrote:breathe through your nose only.

Seconds that. Also, try placing some salt on your tongue. Lessened the gag reflex. Advises one to two grams here (Cannot confirm some cures on there, however). Do not be exact.
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Re: Dentist Advice

Postby SurgicalSteel » Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:58 pm UTC

Thanks for the tips everyone. I think I'm going to try the numbing spray and the salt. My dentist already knows about my gag reflex, but I don't think either of us realized how strong it was until she tried to take pictures of my front teeth. And Deva: that website is awesome, thanks so much.
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Re: Dentist Advice

Postby Amnesiasoft » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:58 am UTC

I can vouch for the salt trick working. My dentist is actually the one that told me about it.

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Re: Dentist Advice

Postby SurgicalSteel » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:04 am UTC

Do you do it right prior to the appointment or when you're there in the chair?

Also, I looked in two stores for the Breath Right spray mentioned on the website Deva linked and I can't find it. I don't see it on Breath Right's website either. I wonder if they discontinued it.
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Re: Dentist Advice

Postby Deva » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:54 am UTC

In the chair, just before the x-rays.

Hmm. Followed their "Buy Now!" section to Target's website. Limited stock nearby, in stock further out. Limited or in stock for Walmart stores. Must still produce them. Might have placed them outside of the cold/cough section. Cannot guess which section, unfortunately. Amendment: Looked up the strips. Looking for the spray now...
May no longer produce the spray. Performed a quick Google search for discontinuation notices. Nothing. Found it on Amazon for exorbitant prices. Might be old too.
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Re: Dentist Advice

Postby Amnesiasoft » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:09 am UTC

Yeah, right before they shove the bite-wings into your mouth.

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Re: Dentist Advice

Postby Dane_09 » Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:50 am UTC

Great information! I am also approaching a dentist in Hermosa Beach and was worried about the pain during treatment. But after reading this forum, I am relaxed and ready to face situation.


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