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D. Abdullah al nasser
*IANB: commonly
(but inaccurately) referred to as the mandibular
nerve block.
*It is useful technique for quadrant dentistry.
*A supplemental block (buccal nerve) is needed •
only if soft-tissue anesthesia in the buccal
posterior region is necessary.
Nerves Anesthetized
1. Inferior alveolar, a branch of the posterior
division of
the mandibular
2. Incisive
3. Mental
4. Lingual (commonly)
Areas Anesthetized
1. Mandibular teeth to the midline
2. Body of the mandible, inferior portion of the ramus
3. Buccal mucoperiosteum, mucous membrane anterior
to the mandibular first molar (mental nerve)
4. Anterior two thirds of the tongue and floor of the oral
cavity (lingual nerve)
5. Lingual soft tissues and periosteum (lingual nerve)
1. Procedures on multiple mandibular teeth in one
2. When buccal soft-tissue anesthesia (anterior to the
first molar) is necessary
3. When lingual soft-tissue anesthesia is necessary

1. Infection or acute inflammation in the area of
injection (rare)
2. Patients who might bite either the lip or the tongue;
for instance, a very young child or a physically or
mentally handicapped adult or child
1. A 25-gauge long needle is recommended for the adult
2. Area of insertion: mucous membrane on the medial
side of the mandibular ramus, at the intersection of
two lines: one horizontal, representing the height of
injection, and the other vertical, representing the
anteroposterior plane of injection
3. Target area: inferior alveolar nerve as it passes
downward toward the mandibular foramen but before it
enters into the foramen
a. Coronoid notch (greatest concavity on the anterior
border of the ramus)
b. Pterygomandibular raphe
c. Occlusal plane
of the mandibular posterior teeth

For a right IANB, a right- For a left IANB, a right-handed

handed administrator administrator
should sit at the 8 o’clock should sit at the 10 o’clock
position facing the position facing in the
patient same direction as the patient

Position the patient supine (recommended) or

semisupine. The mouth should be opened wide to
permit greater visibility of and access to the injection
There are three parameters that must be considered
during the administration of the IANB:
1) the height of the injection,
2) the anteroposterior placement of the needle
(which helps to locate a precise needle entry point),
3) the depth of penetration (which determines the
location of the inferior alveolar nerve).
Place the index finger
or thumb of your left hand
in the coronoid notch.

An imaginary line extends posteriorly from the finger tip in the

coronoid notch to the deepest part of the pterygomandibular
raphe (as it turns vertically upward toward the maxilla)
determining the height of injection. This imaginary line should be
parallel with the occlusal plane of the mandibular molar teeth

Notice the placement of the

syringe barrel at the corner of the
mouth, usually corresponding to
the premolars

The needle insertion point lies three fourths of

the anteroposterior distance from the coronoid
notch back to the deepest part of the
pterygomandibular raphe.
Needle penetration occurs at the intersection of
two points.
(a) Point 1 falls along the horizontal line from the
coronoid notch to the deepest part of the
pterygomandibular raphe as it ascends vertically
toward the palate as just described.
(b) Point 2 is on a vertical line through point 1
about three fourths of the distance from the
anterior border of the ramus. This determines
the anteroposterior site of the injection.

bone must be

The average depth of penetration to bony contact

will be 20 to 25 mm,
approximately two thirds to three fourths the length of a
long dental needle.
If …
If bone is contacted too soon (less than half the length of a
long dental needle), the needle tip is usually located too
far anteriorly (laterally) on the ramus ,To correct:
(i) Withdraw the needle slightly but do not remove it from
the tissue.
(ii) Bring the syringe barrel around toward the front of the
mouth, over the canine or lateral incisor on the
(iii) Redirect the needle until a more appropriate depth of
insertion is obtained. The needle tip is now located
posteriorly in the mandibular sulcus.
If ..

A, The needle is located too far anteriorly (laterally) on

the ramus.
B, To correct: Withdraw it slightly from the tissues (1)
and bring the syringe barrel anteriorly toward the
lateral incisor or canine (2); reinsert to proper depth.
If …
If bone is not contacted, the needle tip is usually
located too far posterior (medial). To correct:
(i) Withdraw it slightly in tissue (leaving approximately one
fourth its length in tissue) and reposition the syringe barrel
more posteriorly (over the mandibular molars).
(ii) Continue the insertion until contact with bone is made
at an appropriate depth (20 to 25 mm).
If …

A, Overinsertion with no contact of bone. The needle is usually

posterior (medial) to the ramus.
B, To correct: Withdraw it slightly from the tissues (1) and
reposition the syringe barrel over the premolars (2); reinsert.
When bone is contacted, withdraw approximately 1 mm to
prevent subperiosteal injection.
Aspirate. If negative, slowly deposit 1.5 ml of anesthetic over a
minimum of 60 seconds.
Slowly withdraw the syringe, and when approximately
half its length remains within tissues, reaspirate. If negative,
deposit a portion of the remaining solution (0.1 ml) to
anesthetize the lingual nerve.
After approximately 20 seconds, return the patient
to the upright or semiupright position.
Wait 3 to 5 minutes before commencing the dental
Signs and Symptoms
1. Subjective: Tingling or numbness of the lower lip indicates
anesthesia of the mental nerve, a terminal branch
of the inferior alveolar nerve. It is a good indication that
the inferior alveolar nerve is anesthetized, although not
a reliable indicator of the depth of anesthesia.
2. Subjective: Tingling or numbness of the tongue indicates
anesthesia of the lingual nerve, a branch of the
posterior division of V3. It usually accompanies IANB
but may be present without anesthesia of the inferior
alveolar nerve.
3. Objective: No pain is felt during dental therapy.
1. Do not deposit local anesthetic if bone is not contacted.
The needle tip may be resting within the
parotid gland near the facial nerve (cranial nerve VII),
and a transient paralysis of the facial nerve is produced
if solution is deposited.
2. Avoid pain by not contacting bone too forcefully.

Thank you •