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Hi! I've been in dentistry for over 25 years and your is not an uncommon problem. I've had people want to run out of the room because they had panic attacks from the fear of chocking. I want to ask you a very serious question, and I am not kidding. Most of the people you have this fear stems from an early childhood fear or memory. I want you to think long and hard about any time you nearly chocked, or almost drowned or had someone hold you down and force you to do something you did not want to do. The gag reflex is stimulated by memory or smell. Visual memory can be very powerful. You may not remember right away, but if you think about it, you may find something that is the trigger. If that is the case, then you have to do an memory autopsy. Reduce it down to components and then minimize the fear. I know this sounds simple, it can be, but it takes time. And this has nothing to do with eating. This is a memory trigger. I hope this helped you, most dentists are pretty understanding and I have actually worked on people standing up like the old days so I didn't have to put the chair so far back. If you have any other questions, please ask.
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