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To the Editor.—
Administration of general anesthesia without removing dentures causes no problems in my practice. It helps to get a better fit with the mask and also maintains a good airway without the insertion of oral or nasal airways.I am concerned, however, that there might be a possibility of aspirating or swallowing dentures in debilitated and deeply sedated patients or during the recovery from anesthesia. Because of this possibility, I order light sedation preoperatively and remove dentures at the end of anesthesia until complete recovery and before the patient is taken to his room.
Eryasa Y. Nonremoval of Dentures During Anesthesia. JAMA. 1974;230(6):822. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240060012008