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.