Intraoral Blocks for Facial Anesthesia: A Multimedia Instructional Tool

Publication ID Published Version
1780 January 21, 2010 1


This is an interactive module created for medical students and residents in emergency medicine, dermatology and plastic/cosmetic surgery. On the home page the user may choose one of three intraoral nerve blocks, the infraorbital, mental or buccal. Each of the three intraoral nerve blocks has its own page on which the user may see a narrated video of the nerve block being given on a patient and on a skull. These videos walk the user through the proper technique for the injection.

In addition, the distribution of the nerve anesthetized is described and the user may scroll over an illustration of the face to light up the area of the face anesthetized by that particular nerve block. This project was designed to provide medical students and residents with options in anesthetizing the faces of their patients. Intraoral nerve blocks are easy to administer, relatively painless and are of long duration because the anesthetic solution is deposited very near the nerve exit point from the skull. This may provide more comfortable anesthesia for patients and enhance patient cooperation leading to better clinical outcomes.


Stein P, Challman S, Harrison E, King M, Dolan T, Laird K. Intraoral Blocks for Facial Anesthesia: A Multimedia Instructional Tool. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2010. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to review the nerve distribution patterns of the mental, infraorbital and buccal nerves relevant to utilizing intraoral blocks of these nerves for successful and profound facial anesthesia.
  2. To be able to describe the facial areas anesthetized by the mental, infraorbital and buccal nerve blocks.
  3. To be able to demonstrate techniques and provide detailed instructions for the mental, infraorbital and buccal nerve blocks.


  • Facial, Intraoral, Reconstructive Surgical Procedures (MeSH), Anesthesia (MeSH), Nerve Block, Buccal Nerve, Infraorbital Nerve, Mental Nerve


  • Medical
    • Anesthesiology
    • Dermatology
    • Plastic Surgery
      • Craniofacial Surgery


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning
  • Tutorial

Organ Systems

  • Nervous system

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident


  • Multimedia
  • Video

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