Jacobs Journal of Emergency Medicine

Alternating Bell’sPalsy Following Staged Dental Procedures

Published on: 2017-10-26


Facial nerve palsy can be caused by specific disease processes such as cerebrovascular events, infections and trauma. The lower motor neuron facial nerve paralysis which has no specific identifiable causation is termed Bell’s Palsy. Bell’s palsy has been reported to occur following dental anaesthesia and dental related procedures. We report a case of a 50 year old patient with ‘alternating’ facial nerve palsy (occurring on opposite sides, on two or more separate occasions) after two consecutive dental procedures.


Bell’s Palsy, Dental Anaesthesia, Alternating