Severe Gag Reflex: Sedation Can Help

New patient special in February: Free sedation (some restrictions apply). Call to find out more details, (303) 323-8149.

If you have a severe gag reflex, making it difficult for you to visit the dentist, we can help you by using sedation dentistry!

Also known as a “hyperactive” gag reflex, this condition can be caused by and/or lead to nervousness and different levels of dental anxiety.

The gag reflex is one of your body’s protective mechanisms, meant to keep you from choking or swallowing toxic substances. When it’s touched, the gag reflex will cause muscles at the back of your throat to contract and repel objects or harmful substances.

Most people with a severe gag reflex have trouble, in particular, tolerating bitewing style X-rays – the placement of the cardboard slides far back in the mouth. We’ve fully eliminated that issue through the use of our state-of-the-art 3D digital imaging X-ray system. The 3D X-ray gives us a high-definition view of your mouth (with much less radiation exposure than the old bitewing version), and you don’t have to open wide for it. Instead, you simply bite down on a stick, remain still for a few seconds while the scanner circles your head, and you’re done!

Some people struggle to receive other types of dental treatment because of where their gag reflex is located, while others are more prone to gagging due to stress and anxiety. Whatever the cause, sedation can help!

With laughing gas, you’re more relaxed during dental treatment. With conscious sedation, which is also known as “sleep dentistry,” you’re partially awake, but less aware of your surroundings or the passage of time. And with IV sedation, you’re fully sedated or “under” during the entire procedure.

If you have concerns about your gag reflex, please talk with us about your dental experiences and how we can make your future trips to the dentist more comfortable.  We can also discuss oral sedation vs. IV sedation to help you find a customized solution for your needs.

In order to learn more or schedule an appointment, please call our dental office (303) 323-8149, or e-mail

Please note: We accept most types of dental insurance, and we also offer 0% dental financing through CareCredit. Our dental office is located directly off C-470 and Quebec, between Park Meadows Mall and Highlands Ranch.