What is the role of a mandibular nerve block in pain management?

Updated: Jun 19, 2018
  • Author: Anthony H Wheeler, MD; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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Mandibular nerve block is similarly useful for diagnosis and treatment of facial neuralgia. The mandibular nerve is primarily a sensory nerve and exits the cranium through the foramen ovale, traveling parallel to the posterior margin of the lateral pterygoid plate, then descending inferiorly and laterally toward the mandible. See the images below.

Pertinent anatomy with regard to the mandibular bl Pertinent anatomy with regard to the mandibular block.
Pertinent coronal anatomy with regard to trigemina Pertinent coronal anatomy with regard to trigeminal nerve block.

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