It is essential that especially elderly patients are correctly positioned in dental chairs, based on medical history and careful observation.
We report a case where reclination of the patient's head resulted in weakness of the limbs.
Subsequent investigation determined traumatic contusion of the cervical spinal cord.
This case highlights the need for accurate anamnesis, close observation and interdisciplinary communication to determine correct positioning. Exceptional circumstances necessitate speedy response to minimise adverse events in elderly patients.