Ketamine and Orofacial Pain/Trigeminal Neuralgia/Atypical tooth pain
When it comes to Orofacial Pain, researchers are finding that the sooner that individuals seek treatment, the greater is the potential for positive results.
Orofacial Pain can result from the trauma of oral surgery or injury; it can also be idiopathic, meaning that its cause is unknown. Another type of Orofacial Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia, is painful irritation of the Trigeminal Nerve that runs along the side of the face. In Type 1 Trigeminal Neuralgia, there is extreme, sporadic, sudden burning or shock-like facial pain that can persist from several seconds to a couple of minutes. These episodes can happen in clusters that last up to two hours. In Type 2 Trigeminal Neuralgia there is a less intense, but constant aching, burning or stabbing facial pain.
A Study conducted by Rabben, and Oye[i] out of the Department of Pharmacology, at Oslo University School of Medicine, suggests that there is a correlation between the effectiveness and duration of results from Ketamine infusion treatment to the length of time a person had suffered from Orofacial Pain.
Seventeen patients (13 female, four male), ages 32-88 years, and who had suffered between six months to 28 years were given an intramuscular dose of 0.4 mg/kg Ketamine with 0.05 mg/kg Medazolam. While four individuals experienced no pain relief, seven experienced some pain relief for less than one hour, and six experienced some pain relief for several hours. The individuals who experienced the best results were those who had been suffering the shortest length of time. Those individuals also reported the greatest pain relief after taking 4 mg/kg Ketamine orally for three nights.
While Ketamine can be administered for many different conditions, via many different routes, research has shown that intravenous Ketamine offers the most dramatic results. Medically supervised intravenous Ketamine treatment can help decrease the overexcited nerves associated with trigeminal neuralgia and help stimulate the growth of new healthy connections.
Ketamine Infusion for Pain Relief Institute (KIPRI) offers compassionate, medically-supervised Ketamine infusion therapy for a variety of chronic pain conditions. If you’ve been diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia and conventional treatments haven’t worked for you, KIPRI can help you take back control of your life.