Oral Cavity Infraorbital Nerve Block

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Anesthesia of the ipsilateral maxilla (teeth/bone/soft tissue)

Local anesthetics

Infraorbital nerve block

Local anesthetics: Mepivacain 2% / Bupivacain 0,5%
Injection volume: Cat: 0.2-0.25 ml, Dog: 0.2-0.8 ml 
(Beckmann 2006)
Approach: Dog: cranial border P4, Cat: below medial canthus
Needle position: Enter foramen in caudal direction, place the needle opening in the entrance to the infraorbital canal and compress the soft tissue over the foramen with the thumb of the non-dominant hand during injection. 
CAVE: The infraorbital canal in cats is very short (approx. 4mm)
Onset: 1-2 min / 6-10 min
Duration: Pulpa: 40 / 90-180 min, Soft tissue: 120-180 / 240-540 min

With the friendly assistance of
Dr. Georg Papadopoulos
Veterinary Specialist for Small Animals
Additional Certification: Anesthesia in Small Animals
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As with any intervention in the body, peripheral nerve blocks also carry the risk of complications. The presented procedures and dosages are thoroughly reviewed and based on currently available scientific data and clinical experience but should only be considered as guidelines along the contents of the course. The responsibility for performing the nerve blocks shown on this site as part of any anesthesia regimen or pain management lies with the executing clinician. B. Braun Vet Care GmbH and Dr. Papadopoulos cannot be held responsible for any complications or adverse effects, that may arise from the described techniques or for any mistakes in the information provided.