Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block (SPGB)
Desert Ketamine Clinic offers sympathetic nerve blocks like the Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block (SPGB) and the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) that have been shown to help those suffering from chronic pain (especially migraine headaches) as well as PTSD and severe anxiety states. These blocks act to break the cycle of sympathetic nerve stimulation that may underlie these conditions.
This block is administered in the office directly by Dr. Munk. Easy to perform and quick to work, some patients may benefit from this treatment modality. It is performed in the supine position. A cotton tipped applicator is soaked in local anesthetic and passed through the nose to the back of the nasal cavity where it rests gently upon the tissues just anterior to the Sphenopalatine Nerve Ganglion. After administration to both sides of the nose, the patient remains in the supine position for 20 minutes to maximize delivery of local anesthetic to the nerve. Patients can be taught by Dr. Munk how to self-administer this treatment at home. Supplies including cotton tipped applicator, syringes, and local anesthetic agent can be given to patient for future use.