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To do this, the back of the throat is sprayed with a topical anesthetic to soothe the nerves causing the gag reflex.
The dental dam can cause patients with a strong gag reflex some difficulty.
A person who is drunk has an impaired gag reflex and may choke if you do this.
The examiner will also assess the sensation capabilities of the pharynx, by stimulating the area with a wooden tongue depressor, causing a gag reflex.
The gag reflex can interfere with the performance of this piercing procedure.