Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block

Head and Face Pain Relief

A sphenopalatine ganglion block is a medical treatment used to help reduce pain in the head and face caused by certain conditions, such as migraines or cluster headaches. This treatment involves blocking the sphenopalatine ganglion, which is a group of nerves located behind the nose.

The Procedure

To perform the block, a doctor will first numb the area with a local anesthetic. They will then insert a small catheter or needle through your nostril and guide it to the sphenopalatine ganglion using ultrasound or other imaging techniques.

Once the catheter or needle is in place, a special medication called a local anesthetic or steroid is injected. The medication works by blocking pain signals from the sphenopalatine ganglion.

The block typically only takes a few minutes to complete and you can usually go home the same day. You may need to rest for a short period of time after the block and avoid strenuous activity for a few days.

It’s important to note that this treatment should only be done under the guidance of a medical professional and after careful consideration of your individual health needs.