Evaluation of the Gow-Gates mandibular block for oral surgery

Anesth Prog. 1985 Jul-Aug;32(4):143-6.


The Gow-Gates mandibular block technique for administration of local anesthesia was compared to conventional nerve block techniques in patients undergoing the removal of impacted third molars, using a within-subject experimental design. Both techniques resulted in acceptable quality of anesthesia. Success rate of the Gow-Gates technique was significantly greater than with conventional techniques. Limitations of the Gow-Gates technique were slower onset of anesthesia, variable buccal nerve anesthesia, and increased intraoperative bleeding.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anesthesia, Dental*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mandibular Nerve*
  • Molar, Third / surgery
  • Nerve Block / methods*
  • Tooth Extraction
  • Tooth, Impacted / surgery