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Volume 17 , Issue 2
March/April 2004

Pages 247–250

Individualized Nasal Mask Fabrication for Positive Pressure Ventilation Using Dental Methods

Jacobo Limeres, DDS/Pedro Diz, MD, DDS, PhD/Carlos Vilaboa, CDT/Inmaculada Tomás, DDS/Javier F. Feijoo, MD, DDS, PhD

PMID: 15119880

Purpose:The aim of this study was to develop a simple technique to manufacture individualized ventilatory nasal masks for pediatric patients using materials and procedures commonly applied in dentistry. Materials and Methods:Three cases of pediatric patients who met with severe difficulties in their adaptation to commercially available nasal masks are described: one premature infant, one child diagnosed with achondroplasia, and one child with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome. Results:In each case, a light nasal mask was designed with two independent parts that become perfectly adapted to the patient’s nose: one soft for the skin contact, and another rigid for dimensional stability. In all patients, adequate levels of ventilation were reached. Conclusion:This easy, inexpensive nasal mask fabrication technique can be used in a great number of patients, increasing the efficacy of individualized masks. Int J Prosthodont 2004;17:247–250.

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