What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve sends pain signals from the face to the brain. In cases of TN, the signals relay sudden, severe facial pain. The pain is often sharp and shooting feeling like an electric shock in the jaw, gums, or teeth. These pains may be triggered by something as simple as talking or chewing. TN may be a result of dental procedures, facial trauma, or a blood vessel pressing against the nerve.
How does Ketamine treat Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Since the nerve is hypersensitized, Ketamine works as a powerful NMDA Receptor Antagonist which blocks that activity of pain signals. Ketamine also helps to regrow new, healthy connections.