Exploring alternative methods of gag reflex control Part 2: Acupuncture

Laura Cox, Joanne Brindley

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This article is the second of two covering the management of patients with a sensitive gag reflex. Part 2 will focus on the technique of acupuncture – a traditional Chinese therapy.

A sensitive gag reflex can be difficult and problematic for registrants to manage as it can contribute to patient distress and anxiety and disrupt or prevent delivery of dental care, and therefore impact on future care. The aim of this article is to raise awareness of the contributing factors, severity and management of over active gag reflexes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationBDJ Team
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017


  • dental
  • alternative therapies
  • patient care


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