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12 Dental Equipment & Instrumentation www.vetinst.com Anatomy and Function of a Table Top Gag Adjusting the Gag for use. Access to the cheek teeth of rabbits is a problem recognised by all involved in their dental care. A combination of the diets fed to pet rabbits and the head shapes selected for, both contribute to malocclusion issues, requiring treatment which necessitates access via the (small!) rabbit mouth. Identify on your gag: A - Platform Angle Adjustment The table top gag is designed to hold the rabbit at the optimum angle for easy access. The traditional gag tends to drag and tilt the head sideways The addition of the light makes a huge difference to visibility, without the need for more hands in the way. B - Bottom bar adjuster C - Top bar height adjuster (left & right) D - Top bar in-out adjuster (left & right) The platform of the gag itself is now made of Teflon. This has very different thermal properties from the original metal base. It is a far better insulator and helps retain the patient’s body heat during anaesthesia. How to assemble the Table Top Gag Remove all packaging. Identify all the components as shown above. The clamp, spanner and light are included if you have selected that option. On the Teflon platform, loosen the 2 screws Y (picture at top of page) at either end of the channel at the front end of the platform. Insert the flat bar at the base of the gag assembly into the channel. The correct way around is with the adjustment screws D to the short front end of the platform. The loops should point back along the platform towards the hinge. Easy and common to put this in the wrong way around! Rabbit in position, with additional cheek dilator in place Attaching the Light Identify screw Z at the top of the shorter post. The longer of the 2 clamp screws inserts into the top of this screw. Loosely fasten both clamp screws. Slide the pencil handle of the light into the clamp. The handle should sit parallel to the base, with the light outlet forwards as illustrated. Tighten both screws to hold the handle in position. The flexible neck of the light can then be adjusted as required. Care of the Table Top Gag Routine cleaning of the Table Top Gag with environmental detergents and disinfectants is adequate. For best results use cleaners designed for stainless steel on the metal components, and avoid iodine based compounds on the Teflon base as this may result in staining. This is purely cosmetic and will not affect the gag’s performance. All moving parts should be lubricated regularly with either surgical instrument lubricant or Teflon drops, to keep them moving freely. The complete gag is autoclavable. If available, use the 121˚ setting although 135˚ can be used. Take the top assembly off the platform before autoclaving. Pack the platform flat, as far as possible from the heater element, and do not stack other items on top. The platform should be left flat to cool after autoclaving, to avoid any distortion. 292