Nerve blocks are one form of treatment that is highly effective in reducing facial pain. In all nerve block procedures for the face, a needle is used in various regions of the face to block nerve responses to pain. The procedures are designed to reduce or eliminate pain
Radiofrequency Ablation for Trigeminal Neuralgia in the face.
Trigeminal block – This procedure is a nerve block that involves numbing the skin on the face. A needle is inserted into one side of the face and is performed with the aid of x-ray assistance (fluoroscopy).
Ganglion block – Certain types of facial pain are responsive to a sphenopalatine ganglion block. This procedure is designed to numb a small group of nerves by placing a swab inside the nasal cavity. This procedure may provide temporary relief and if it is deemed a success and eliminates pain, then further procedures are discussed to keep the pain limited.