Alternative Anesthesia Techniques
When administering anesthesia to patients with anatomical variations, the Gow-Gates and Vazirani-Akinosi mandibular blocks may provide the best opportunity for successful pain control.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Describe the causes of mandibular anesthesia failure.
- Discuss indications and contraindications for the Gow-Gates (GG) and Vazirani-Akinosi (VA) mandibular nerve blocks.
- Explain how to safely and effectively perform both GG and VA mandibular nerve blocks.
This course was published in the September 2015 issue and expires September 30, 2018. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.