Safe orthodontic bonding for children with disabilities during general anaesthesia

Stella Chaushu*, Raphael Zeltser, Adrian Becker

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    General anaesthesia (GA) may be employed to overcome management difficulties in the orthodontic treatment of disabled children. This report introduces the application of a rubber dam as a useful aid for a high quality bonding and as an effective safeguard in bonding of brackets in general anaesthesia, in the handicapped in particular. GA was used in 12 patients, of a cohort of 49 disabled patients, to facilitate the placing of the fixed appliance. The first seven were bonded solely with the use of an oropharyngeal pack and a high velocity suction to prevent aspiration, and the last five additionally underwent placement of a rubber dam. The use of a rubber dam to facilitate the safe and reliable bonding of orthodontic brackets in handicapped children under general anaesthesia is highly recommended.

    Original languageAmerican English
    Pages (from-to)225-228
    Number of pages4
    JournalEuropean Journal of Orthodontics
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jun 2000


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