Your baby will come into the British Columbia's Children's Hospital Day Care Surgery to have an "impression" or mould taken of the upper gums by Dr. Loo. This procedure is usually done when your baby is 7-14 days old, and most frequently performed in the hospital OR with an anesthetist "standing by" (your baby is not anesthetized). The anesthetist is present to monitor your baby and help with breathing if there is a concern; this however, is very unlikely, but we want to be as careful as possible. Our nurse practitioner or anesthetist will advise you of when your baby's last feed must be before the procedure is to occur.
A plaster cast is made from the impression and then our lab technician will fabricate the appliance. It will be custom-made and specially designed for your baby.
Once your baby is returned to you after 15 to 20 minutes, you may feed him. At this stage, you will be given an appointment at our orthodontic office for the fitting of the plate. This is usually within a couple of days. The rest of the adjustment appointments will occur at our office.