Friday, December 5, 2014
Oral Nerve Blocks Made Easy
The alveolar and other oral nerve blocks are technically more difficult than most of us realize or admit. In fact, I have heard several emergency physicians admit over the years that they have given up trying to do inferior alveolar nerve blocks because of their failure rate.
It’s actually understandable when you peruse the literature. The reported failure rate for inferior alveolar nerve blocks can range as high as 30-45 percent of cases, depending on the study.
An obvious and critical first step is to make sure you have the correct techniques down. These two videos show a dental colleague performing expert step-by-step demonstrations of the inferior alveolar, lingual, and buccal nerve blocks.
Click here to watch a video of a patient receiving an alveolar nerve block.
Click here to watch a video of a patient receiving an oral nerve block.