Everyday Oral Surgery

Navigating Oral Surgery with Throat Packs – A Guide to Timing, Techniques, and Aspiration Risks

December 11, 2023 Grant Stucki - oral and maxillofacial surgeon Episode 224
Everyday Oral Surgery
Navigating Oral Surgery with Throat Packs – A Guide to Timing, Techniques, and Aspiration Risks
Show Notes

Returning for another insightful episode, Dr. Ben Hechler is here to delve into the intricacies of throat packs, addressing the when, why, and how.  Join the conversation as we explore the various scenarios where a throat pack is warranted, when it's advisable to refrain from using them, and how to approach using throat packs in the different levels of anesthesia and sedation. We then dive into a discussion on the various techniques for doing throat packs, and hear our thoughts on navigating patients or patient groups who are high-risk or have severe gag reflexes. Tune in for a deep dive into throat packs with Dr. Ben Hechler.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • His thoughts on the topic of throat packs.
  • Categories in which you would use throat packs.
  • He explains what a definitive airway is.
  • When he would not use throat packs. 
  • Throat packs for local anesthesia and sedation.
  • We discuss the various techniques for doing throat packs.
  • Our thoughts on using gauze versus the sponge. 
  • Patient demographics where using a throat pack is unadvisable (or high risk). 
  • How to approach patients who have severe gag reflexes. 
  • Last-minute book or movie recommendations from Dr. Hechler. 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

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Dr. Ben Hechler on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-hechler/ 

KLS Martin — https://www.klsmartin.com/en/

Suits — https://www.netflix.com/za/title/70195800 

Trolls — https://www.dreamworks.com/trolls 

Elemental — https://www.pixar.com/elemental

Turning Red — https://www.pixar.com/turning-red 

Coco — https://www.pixar.com/feature-films/coco 

Spiderman: Across the Spider-verse — https://tv.apple.com/us/movie/spider-man-across-the-spider-verse/umc.cmc.2zphwshxw2ejh2znevhod0u01 

Sing 2 — https://tv.apple.com/us/movie/sing-2/umc.cmc.590s95h5e9b3mmn5fdt38m15c 

Puss in Boots 2 — https://www.dreamworks.com/movies/puss-in-boots-the-last-wish

Boss Baby — https://www.netflix.com/za/title/80146758  

Kung Fu Panda — https://www.dreamworks.com/movies/kung-fu-panda 

Everyday Oral Surgery Website — https://www.everydayoralsurgery.com/ 

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