One of the main hazards of dentistry and particularly dorsal recumbency
is fluid aspiration. A cuffed endotracheal tube and pharyngeal pack
is essential to prevent aspiration.
Ensure the palate is in a horizontal plane and lower the head end
of the table.
Place a towel or sandbag under the neck of the patient to hyper-extend
the neck. Use a gag to maintain the mouth in an open position, but
always beware of over-opening the mouth and straining the TMJ's
over a long period of time.
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