Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks have been utilized for over 100 years for treating headaches, migraines, eye pain and retro-orbital pain, ear pain and other TMJ & otolaryngologic issues. They are extremely safe and only require use of 2% Lidocaine

CHICAGO, IL, August 26, 2020 /Neptune100/ — High stress and limited access to medical care is making life difficult for those who suffer from chronic head and neck pain and anxiety.

The use of opiod medications has many negative implications and physicians are rightly refusing to prescribe them as freely as they did in the past.

Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks are often utilized in Emergency Rooms and Physicians offices to treat migraines, cluster headaches, sinus headaches but they can be expensive and making appointments can be very difficult.

The Sphenopalatine Ganglion is the largest Parasympathetic Ganglion of the Head and it also carries Sympathetic Fibers from the Cervical Sympathetic Chain and Somatosensory Nerves from the Trigeminal Nervous System. It is the Autonomic Control System for controlling HEADACHES AND ANXIETY.

There are multiple methods of Administering Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Blocks including intra-oral and extra-oral injections. Trans-nasal application is minimally invasive and is the most common approach today. There are three FDA approved catheter devices for administering SPG Blocks, the Sphenocath, the Allevio and the TX360. The TX360 markets itself as MiRx treatment.

Dr Shapira teaches patients to self-administer SPG Blocks (SASPGB) utilizing cotton-tipped catheters to put them in control of their pain. Dr Shapira believes that patient’s controlling their pain is the best way to eliminate suffering in his patients. The use of SPG Blocks is one one technique in Dr Shapira’s comprehensive treatment protocol.

Patients who have learned to Self-Administer the blocks can do them as often as necessary to control pain. Typically the SPG Blocks have a prophylactic effect and need to be done less frequently over time. This avoids trips to the ER or Physician’s offices and costs about $1.00 per bilateral application.

Dr Shapira has a recently published CRANIO Journal Article “Neuromuscular dentistry and the role of the autonomic nervous system: Sphenopalatine ganglion blocks and neuromodulation.” on the topic. He has lectured in Moscow, Argentina and across the United States. He was scheduled to lecture in Canada this fall.


Dr Shapira teaches patients a method of self-administration that offers continuous capillary feed of lidocaine anesthetic through the mucous membranes of the nose that overly the medial wall of the Pterygopalatine Fossa that houses the Maxillary Division of the Trigeminal Nerve, the Sphenopalatine Ganglion and the Maxillary Artery.

Self-Administered SPG Blocks (SASPGB) can help treat Trigeminal Neuralgia, TMJ disorders and Stress Related Disorders and Anxiety. They can effectively help manage Sympathetic Overload the underlying issue in Stress Related Disorders. Studies in Greece show they can eliminate about 1/3 of Essential Hypertension.

The Trigeminal Nervous System is involved in 100% of all Sinus Headaches, Tension Headaches, Occipital Headaches, Migraines, Cluster Headaches and other TACs. The Trigeminal Nerve Controls the blood flow to the anterior 2/3 of the brain.

SASPGB gives patient an amazing tool to improve the quality of their lives. It may not address all of the underlying issues but gives patients a safe and effective non-addicting method to control and/or eliminate pain.

Additional information on SPG Blocks:
https://www.sphenopalatineganglionblocks.com/intractable-headaches-mi … treatment/

https://www.ihateheadaches.org/video/anxiety-gone-for-first-time-in-l … r-migraine

Dr Shapira has been treating patients with chronic headaches, migraines and TMJ disorders for over 40 years. He is a former Assistant Professor at Rush Medical School where he was involved in research and treatment of Sleep apnea utilizing comfortable oral appliances as an alternatice to CPAP or Surgery. He was the first dentist ever to be an Assistant Professor in a Medical School Sleep Department.

In his Highland Park Office he treats a wide variety of headaches, migraines and chronic orofacial pain and TMJ disorders and Sleep Disorders.

He is the Dental Editor of Sleep and Health Journal.
Dr Shapira is Editor of Craniofacial Pain for CRANIO Journal.

His Highland Park Office is located in the Chicago area on the Metra line at 3500 Western Ave.
Contact his office thru his website www.ThinkBetterLife.com
There is easy access from O’hare Airport in Chicago and Mitchell Field in Milwaukee.

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