The gag reflex is a complex physiologic phenomenon. The problem compromises the quality of dental treatment and is a barrier to optimal patient care. The function of the reflex is protective in nature. When the reflex is abnormally active, the dentist may be presented with a bewildering and frustrating problem in various dental procedures, resulting in a strong potential for compromised treatment. The purpose of this paper is to describe methods of managing the gagging patient that has a sound rationale based on modified treatment approaches.
Keywords: Gagging, trigger zones, vomiting, reflex, management.