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Severe gagger with X-rays

Please give your advice on pt who is “heavy gagger” on taking x-rays! Beginning x-rays, pt said that they are a big gagger- just the touch of the sleeve cover on the sensor or the glove in my mouth makes me gag! Trying to talk through, putting the sensor for BW on front teeth, the patient gagged and I had to take it out right away! Thank you for your answers.



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Try salt. Put salt on their tongue, like all over. If you have Cetacaine, cover their whole tongue as far back as possible with it. Tell them to breathe through their nose – when you are breathing you physically cannot gag. Tell them that. It’s mind over matter. Distract them. Tell the patient to lift their foot while holding the opposite hand up touching her thumb to to her finger (making an okay sign). Does that really stop gagging – no, but if they think it does, it may work. Some patients have so much anxiety that there’s really nothing you can do. Keep a calm demeanor so hopefully the patient does to. Further, tell the patient that the radiographs are for the doctor, the doctor needs them. Sometimes using the word “doctor” motivates them.

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Kara is an expert. I try the same things on my patients.

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Thanks!!

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