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November 11, 1974

Nonremoval of Dentures During Anesthesia

JAMA. 1974;230(6):822. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240060012007

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To the Editor.—  For the past ten years, the eight-member Department of Anesthesia at this hospital has been encouraging patients to retain their full dentures in the operating room. We prefer that partial dentures be left at the patient's bedside. The full dentures are usually left in place during general anesthesia with a mask, but are removed before endotracheal intubation. In almost all instances, the dentures are replaced in the patient before he leaves the recovery room.The personnel are fully cognizant of the care of and the return to the patient of the dentures. As a result, our experience has been damage to only one denture and the loss of none in several thousand cases. The major problem has been persuading new nursing personnel on the wards to follow the policy of sending patients to surgery with dentures in place. The preoperative anesthesia questionnaire, given to all surgical patients,