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There are several reasons for facial pain but the most common causes stem from migraine headaches with radiating pain into the face, dental problems such as TMJ that have not been remedied, and neuropathic facial pain like trigeminal neuralgia.
While it can be difficult to determine the source of pain, the goal of treatment is to diagnose as best as possible the root cause and eliminate painful symptoms associated with this kind of condition. Face pain can be debilitating and interfere with daily activities if relief is not found.
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.
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