What is a Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block?

The Sphenopalatine Ganglion is a collection of nerves just behind the nose that is often responsible for chronic headaches and head pain. This Ganglion is linked to the trigeminal nerve, the main nerve involved in a headache, migraine or facial pain.  

The Sphenopalatine Ganglion block is frequently used for the treatment for migraines, cluster headaches, and facial pain. This is a minimially invasive procedure that is performed in our outpatient center. The procedure is painless and takes about 20 minutes to be performed under fluoroscopy to confirm the precise delivery of medications.  

During the procedure the doctor uses a soft, specially designed catheter to comfortably reach the Sphenopalatine Ganglion. Then, local anesthetics (or numbing medications) are applied to block the Sphenopalatine Ganglion, blocking nerve signals that cause headaches.

This procedure can result in immediate and long-lasting relief for many patients.

Call us at 646-763-2222 or request more information. At Advanced Headache Center our goal is to get you started on a personalized treatment plan to find relief.