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November 11, 1974

Nonremoval of Dentures During Anesthesia

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Nashville, Tenn

JAMA. 1974;230(6):822. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240060012008

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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.