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Worried about first cleaning. Fear of gagging/getting sick



Well-known member
Jun 4, 2017
My first periodontal maintenance cleaning is on Monday and it will be my first time not receiving any sort of sedation. I'm really nervous about gagging/choking and I really hate feeling pressure on my front teeth. My gag reflex has been so bad lately that it even happens when I am brushing my own teeth. I've also had difficulties breathing through mouth when I'm leaning back. I choke often simply by drinking water or sometimes for no reason at all. Anyway, some reassurance would be nice. Also, do periodontal cleanings involve any sort of numbing? I know that a lot of my gagging is psychological, I just cant seem to get over it.


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Staff member
Sep 18, 2017
Animalhouse, how are you doing? It sounds like I am too late now and you already had your cleaning.. how did it go? I would say that it's all a matter of a good communication between your hygienist and you. If you let her know about your issues, agree on a stop sign and let her check your tolerance towards each step, things could work out..