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Advance Registration for AAOP 2018 is now closed.  You may register onsite at the Palmer House beginning on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM CDT.

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AAOP 2018

Evidence Based Treatment for Orofacial Pain: Consensus or Controversy


Pre-Conference Workshops – (Additional Registration Required)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

I.Clinical Reasoning for Manual Therapy in Temporomandibular Pain Disorders: An Evidence-Based Approach      Cesar Fernandez de las Penas, PT, DO, PhD                         Adams Room                           

II. Sleep and Pain                                                                                                     Monroe Room

Elmer Villalon, DMD; Steven Bender, DDS, FAAOP, FAHS, FACD; Paul Grin, DDS, MPH; Andrew Smith, DDS; Davis Thomas, BDS, DDS, MSD                                                    

III. The Economics of Running an Orofacial Pain Practice –                                  Chicago Room

James Fricton, DDS, MS & Joseph R. Cohen, DDS


AAOP Committee Meetings

AAOP Council Meeting                                                                    



Friday, April 27, 2018

7:00– 8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 1-                                                                                      Adams Room

How to Achieve Success with Worker’s Compensation Cases – Greg Goddard, DDS 

Breakfast Session 2 –                                                                                    Monroe Room

An Orthodontist’s Perspective in Treating TMD – Prasanna Kumar Shivapuja, BDS, MDS, DDS, MS

Breakfast Session 3 –                                                                                    Chicago Room

How to Maximize Medical Coverage and Accelerate Reimbursement – Randy Curran


7:30-8:00 am  - Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors                                 Exhibit Hall                           

8:00-5:00 pm

Dental Assistants & Auxiliary Course                                                             Water Tower Parlor
Catalina S. Morarasu, DDS, PhD, MS – Program Coordinator


8:00-8:15 am

Welcome Remarks                                                                                        Grand Ballroom

Ghabi Kaspo, DDS AAOP President; Jeffry Shaefer, DDS, MS, MPH  2018 Program Chair, Rick Borquez, DDS 2018 Co-Program Chair                                                                 

8:15-8:30 am

Presentation of New Fellows & Introduction of New Members –   Grand Ballroom

Nojan Bakhtiari, DDS & Richard Townsend, DMD, MS - AAOP Membership Chairs               

PLENARY SESSIONS:                  

8:30-9:15 am – Plenary 1                                                                 Grand Ballroom

Keynote Presentation: Nerve Testing to Determine Treatment Expectations in Neuropathic Pain - John Zuniga, DDS, MS


9:15 am-10:00 am – Plenary 2                                                         Grand Ballroom

Controversies in the TMJ Splint Therapy: Intra-Articular Pressures, Bite Force, and Splint Design - Harold Menchel, DMD


10:00-10:30 am Break with Exhibitors & Posters                                 Exhibit Hall


10:30 – 11:15 am– Plenary 3                                                            Grand Ballroom

The Critical Evaluation of Chronic Myalgia - Glenn Clark, DDS, MS


11:15-12:00 pm – Plenary 4                                                             Grand Ballroom

Pain Pharmacology:  Opioids, NMDA Receptor Antagonists, and Sleep Medicines  – Steven Richeimer, MD


12:00-12:15 pm

Panel Discussion with Moderator Dr. Eric Schiffman                          Grand Ballroom


12:15-1:20 pm

Lunch on Your Own 


Lunch & Learns (Additional Registration Required)                                           

Lunch & Learn 1                                                                           Adams Room

Occlusion TMD, Orofacial Pain: Inter & Multidisciplinary Considerations - Michael Racich, DMD 

Lunch & Learn 2                                                                          Monroe Room

Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block Tian Xia, DO

Lunch and Learn 3 –                                                                        Chicago Room

Assessment and Management of the Dizzy Patient in Dental Practice  - Timothy Gibbs, PT, CCTT


Residents & Recent Grads Luncheon


1:30-2:20 pm – Plenary 5                                                                 Grand Ballroom

New Translational Perspectives for The Standard of Care in Orofacial Pain

Marcela Romero-Reyes, DDS, PhD


2:20-3:20 Plenary 6                                                                           Grand Ballroom

Orofacial Pain Disorders: Prospects of Alignment With Trends in Precision Medicine -  Christian Stohler, DDS, PHD


3:20-3:45 pm - Break with Exhibitors & Posters                                     Exhibit Hall           

3:45-4:40  Plenary 7                                                                          Grand Ballroom

Myofascial Pain in The Head: To Needle or Not to Needle  - Cesar Fernandez de las Penas, PT, DO, PhD


4:40—5:00 pm                                                                                   Grand Ballroom

Panel Discussion with Moderator Dr. James Fricton, DDS, MS                     


5:00 -5:45 pm - AAOP General Membership Meeting                         Grand Ballroom                   


5:45-6:00 pm - New Members and Fellow Orientation                  Grand Ballroom                                 

6:00-9:00 pm - Presidents Reception                                                Empire Room


Saturday, April 28, 2018

7:00-8:00 am

Breakfast Sessions – (Additional Registration Required)

Breakfast Session 4                                                                       Adams Room

Headache Case Studies – Richard Hirschinger, DDS, MBA                   

Breakfast Session 5 –                                                                        Monroe Room

Swallowing, Hyoid Function and AirwayRonald Auvenshine, DDS, PhD

Breakfast Session 6 –                                                                        Chicago Room

Practice Pearls for Patients with Sleep Disorders- Davis Thomas, BDS, DDS, MSD, MSc Med


7:30-8:00 am - Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors & Posters    Exhibit Hall


8:05-8:20 am                                                                                      Grand Ballroom

Welcome Remarks and Awards – Ghabi Kaspo, DDS AAOP President           

Tribute to David Keith, BDS, FDSRCS, DMD


8:20-9:10 am – Plenary 8                                                                 Grand Ballroom

Anesthesia: Nerve Blocks for The Treatment of Orofacial Pain – Tara Renton, BDS, PhD


9:10-9:55 am – Plenary 9                                                                 Grand Ballroom

What Does PSG Tell Us About Sleep Apnea Morbidity and Disease Prognosis that the AHI Cannot – Ali Azarbarzin, PhD


9:55 -10:20 am - Break with Exhibitors & Posters                               Exhibit Hall


10:20-11:00 am – Plenary 10                                                           Grand Ballroom

Predicting Responders to Mandibular Advancement Splints: From the Physiological Laboratory to the Clinical Setting - Ali Azarbarzin, PhD

11:00 am-11:55am – Plenary 11                                                                  Grand Ballroom

Radiographic Imaging for Orofacial Pain & Sleep-Disordered Breathing

– Dania Tamimi, BDS, DMSc


11:55-12:15 pm - Panel Discussion with Moderator Gary Klasser, DMD  Grand Ballroom                                


Lunch on Your Own


Lunch and Learns (Additional Registration Required)

Lunch & Learn 4 –                                                                                       Adams Room

Alternative treatments for Opioid therapy: Cannabis OptionsLori Reisner, PharmaD

Lunch & Learn 5                                                                                      Monore Room

Medicare Billing for the OFP ProviderLesia Crawford

Lunch and Learn 6 –                                                                                    Chicago Room

Botulinum Toxin for Management of Refractory Masticatory Muscle Pain: Efficacy, Safety and Technique – Khawaja S Nasir, BDS, MSc


1:30-2:30pm – Plenary 12                                                                            Grand Ballroom

Management of the TMD/Neuropathic Pain Patient with Medications – Lori Reisner, PharmaD


2:30-3:30 pm – Plenary 13                                                                           Grand Ballroom

Empowering your Patient via The Mind-Body Connection and The Epidemiology of TMD Pain: Further Perspectives from OPPERA – Richard Ohrbach, DDS, PhD


3:30-4:00 pm - Break with Exhibitors & Posters                                      Exhibit Hall    


4:00-5:00 pm – Plenary 14                                                                           Grand Ballroom

The Pathophysiology of Chronic Pain: Treatment Modalities for The Patient with CRPS - Jay Joshi, MD


5:00-5:20 pm – Panel Discussion with Moderator Jeffrey Okeson, DMD  Grand Ballroom


Sunday, April 29, 2018

8:00am-8:30am - Continental Breakfast                                                        State Room                                                                                                                                         

8:30-9:00 am - AAOP Sponsored Research                                               Grand Ballroom

Presenter 1: Guided Music Listening: A Promising Approach for the Treatment of Orofacial Pain Due to Temporomandibular Disorders. Iacopo Cioffi, DDS, PhD


Presenter 2: Therapeutic Potential of Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoids in Dental Pain -                                          

Dr. Elan Laks

9:00-9:45 amPlenary 15                                                                            Grand Ballroom

Upper Cervical Spine and Patient & Provider Expectations on Autonomic Nervous System Function- Mark Bishop, PT, PhD


9:45-10:30 am – Plenary 16                                                                          Grand Ballroom

Brain as a Therapeutic Target in TMD/Orofacial Pain - The Next Frontier in Precision Pain Medicine as Health Technology Alexander DaSilva, DDS, DMedSc


10:30-12:00 pm – Plenary 17                                                                       Grand Ballroom

Novel Approaches to the Management of Daytime Bruxism and Facial Pain- Joseph Alamat, DDS, MD, MS


12:00 pm - Closing Remarks and Preview of 2019 Program                    Grand Ballroom                                                                                



The American Academy of Orofacial Pain is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry, or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from1/1/2015 – 12/31/2018.  


Total credit educational hours being offered at this conference are 26.25 (including core conference, preconference workshops, breakfast forums & lunch sessions). The core conference offers 15.25 CE hours. Each preconference provides an additional 6 CE hours, each breakfast forum provides 1 CE hour and each Lunch and Learn provides 1.5 CE hours. Each attendee should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the education. Workshops, breakfast & lunch sessions all require additional registrati