Frequently Asked Questions
What is an SPG Block?
The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is a collection of neurons inside the head, but exposed to the outside environment due to its connection to the nasal mucosa. An SPG block is a procedure that administers medication to the SPG to try to provide effective and long-lasting pain relief.
How long will the procedure take??
The procedure itself will only take minutes to perform. Then the patient will recline or lie flat for an additional 10-15 minutes for maximum benefit.
How well does it work?
- Over 70% of patients experience complete symptom relief from 3 treatments.
- 20% of patients experience over 50% relief
- 10% of patients do not experience pain relief
- 85-90% success rate
How does this compare with other medications?
Compared with other known medication and interventional therapies, this procedure achieves much higher levels of patient benefits lasting up to 8 weeks.
Will it hurt?
This is a non-evasive, painless and safe procedure. You may experience minimal discomfort, but nothing like the needle or stiff applicators of the past.
What are the associated risks and side effects?
The procedure has minimal side effects and low risk, using xylocaine, an extremely safe drug. The medication used may drain into your mouth and cause an unpleasant taste or some numbness. The procedure is safe for pregnancy.
How do I pay?
We accept cash and most major credit cards.